ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the experiences of unemployed people in seeking work, in terms of the steps they have taken to find work and the difficulties they have encountered in finding work. It also presents information about employed people who started their current job in the previous 12 months. For this group, data on the steps taken to attain work and current job details are provided. In addition, demographic information is provided for both of these groups.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from data collected in the Job Search Experience Survey, conducted throughout Australia in July 2007 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
From 2007, occupation data are classified according to ANZSCO-Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1220.0). This new classification replaces ASCO-Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0). Data classified according to ASCO Second Edition can be obtained on request.
Also from 2007, industry data are classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). This new classification replaces the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0). Data classified according to ANZSIC 1993 can be obtained on request.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Owner managers and contributing family workers have been excluded from a number of data items and table 12 in this publication. Therefore, the data items 'All steps taken to attain a job', 'Whether job seeker approached employer', 'Whether had prior knowledge that job was available', 'Role of Job Network in job attainment' and 'Whether first job ever held lasting two weeks or more' now relate to Employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprises) only. In previous releases, contributing family workers were included with employees and they formed the category 'not employed in own business'.
From July 2007, the labels of some data items have been amended to more accurately reflect the information collected. However, the concepts collected in these items have not changed. The revised items are 'Preferred number of hours' (previously Number of hours sought), 'Whether has been registered with Centrelink as a job seeker', 'Active steps taken to find work and whether has been registered with a Job Network employment agency', 'Whether has been registered with a Job Network employment agency' and 'Duration of looking for work before current job'.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.