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6222.0 - Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, Australia, Jul 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2002   
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Active steps taken to find work

Steps taken during the 12 months up to the time of the survey:

  • writing, telephoning or applying in person to an employer for work;
  • answering a newspaper advertisement for a job;
  • checking Centrelink touchscreens;
  • checking factory noticeboards;
  • registering with Centrelink for job search assistance;
  • contacting an employment agency;
  • advertising or tendering for work; and
  • contacting friends or relatives.

All difficulties in finding work

All difficulties in finding work experienced during the current period of unemployment.

Mean duration (of current period of unemployment)

The duration obtained by dividing the aggregate number of weeks a group has been unemployed by the number of persons in that group.

Bachelor degree or above

Bachelor degree or above includes qualifications at the Post graduate degree level, Master degree level, Graduate diploma and Graduate certificate level and Bachelor degree level.

Centrelink

Centrelink is a statutory authority responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth Government services, including the registration of persons for job search assistance and income support.

CES

Prior to April 1998, the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) provided a job placement service for jobseekers and managed labour market programs. It also provided the contact point for eligible jobseekers to register for income support.

Duration of current period of unemployment

The elapsed period to the end of the reference week since a person began looking for work, or since a person last worked for two weeks or more, whichever is the shorter. Brief periods of work (of less than two weeks) since the person began looking for work are disregarded.

Former employees

Unemployed persons who were employees in their last job and who ceased that job in the last two years.

Interstate

Between States and Territories.

Intrastate

Within the State or Territory.

Job leavers

Unemployed persons who have worked for two weeks or more in the past two years and left that job voluntarily, for example, because of unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours; the job was a holiday job or they left the job to return to studies; or their last job was running their own business and they closed down or sold that business for reasons other than financial difficulties.

Job losers

Unemployed persons who have worked for two weeks or more in the past two years and left that job involuntarily, that is, were laid off or retrenched from that job; left that job because of their own ill-health or injury; the job was seasonal or temporary; or their last job was running their own business and the business closed down because of financial difficulties.

Job Network

Job Network is a national network of private, community and government organisations on contract to the government to provide employment placement services to the community. Jobseekers, who are registered with Centrelink for job search assistance are able to contact any Job Network provider in their area to receive this service.

Level of highest educational attainment

Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is not a measurement of the relative importance of different fields of study but a ranking of qualifications and other educational attainments regardless of the particular area of study or the type of institution in which the study was undertaken. For further details on how highest educational attainment is determined, see Education and Work, Australia (Cat. no. 6227.0).

Looking for full-time work

Unemployed persons who:
  • actively looked for full-time work and were available for work in the reference week; or
  • actively looked for work and were not available for work in the reference week because they were waiting to start a new full-time job.

Looking for part-time work

Unemployed persons who:
  • actively looked for part-time work only and were available for work in the reference week; or
  • actively looked for work and were not available for work in the reference week because they were waiting to start a new part-time job.

Main difficulty in finding work

The main difficulty experienced during the current period of unemployment.

Main English-speaking countries

Comprises the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States of America and New Zealand.

Median duration of current period of unemployment

The duration which divides unemployed persons into two equal size groups, one comprising persons whose duration of unemployment is above the median, and the other, persons whose duration is below it.

Number of offers of employment

The number of separate offers of employment received during the current period of unemployment.

Spells of looking for work

The number of times in the previous 12 months that a person has been both out of work and looking for work at the same time.

Persons who were stood down

Persons who have been stood down without pay for less than 4 weeks for reasons other than bad weather or plant breakdown.

Time spent looking for work

The total number of weeks a person has been both out of work and looking for work at the same time. Excludes the time a person spent looking for work while on holiday from a job and any week in which the person did any work at all.

Unemployed

Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and:
  • were available for work in the reference week; or
    • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week, and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Usual gross weekly pay

The amount of usual weekly pay before taxation and other deductions have been made.

Year 12 or below

Year 12 or below is participation in pre-primary, primary or secondary level education, regardless of the institution or location where the study is or was undertaken. It therefore includes such study undertaken in a TAFE or other institution.



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