ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication contains estimates obtained from a sample survey of employers conducted in respect of May 2010.
The survey is designed to provide statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings and hours paid for and how their pay is set.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
This publication presents estimates of numbers of employees by method of setting pay, and differs from previous publications which presented estimates of proportions of employees by methods of setting pay. See the notes on these estimates in paragraphs 29 and 30 of the Explanatory Notes.
Information about the proportions of employees covered by national and state jurisdictions for pay setting are no longer published but can be provided on request. See paragraphs 26 to 28 of the Explanatory Notes.
Tables of standard errors are not presented in this publication, but are available in the accompanying electronic data release (data cubes 3 to 7). For information on sampling error refer to the Technical Note.
NOTES ON ESTIMATES
The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours was not designed as a time series so caution should be exercised when comparing estimates presented in this publication with estimates from previous surveys.
Care should be taken in the interpretation and use of estimates of numbers of employees presented in this publication. Although the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours can provide estimates of the number of employees, it is not designed specifically for this purpose. Users are directed to Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) as the primary source of official ABS statistics of employment. For more information see paragraphs 29 and 30 of the Explanatory Notes.
Care should be taken when comparing estimates of average weekly earnings in this publication with those published quarterly in Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0) because of differences in the earnings concept being measured, methodological differences between the two surveys and differences in the two samples used. For more information see paragraph 32 of the Explanatory Notes.
ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
In addition to the information contained in this publication, a range of unpublished data is available on request. For more information refer to the Appendix.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Amanda Baile on Perth (08) 9360 5305.