Australian Bureau of Statistics
6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/02/2007
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Fully employed workers comprise: employed people who worked full-time during the reference week (includes people who usually work part-time); employed people who usually work full-time but worked part time in the reference week for non-economic reasons (including illness or injury, leave, holiday or flextime, and personal reasons); and part-time workers (usually work part-time and did so in the reference week) who would not prefer additional hours of work.
The ABS underemployment framework classifies people who are not fully employed into a number of groups based on whether they are available to start work with more hours. The framework separately identifies part-time workers who would prefer full-time hours and those who would prefer more part-time hours. These people are further classified according to whether they were available to start extra work (either in the reference week or in the four weeks subsequent to the survey).
UNDEREMPLOYED WORKERS SURVEY
The Underemployed Workers Survey is the primary ABS data source on underemployment. It provides a wide range of information about underemployed workers, including information on the number of hours usually worked, number of preferred hours, steps taken to find work with more hours, and difficulties finding work with more hours. Summary information on underemployed workers is also collected in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) on a quarterly basis.
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