Australian Bureau of Statistics
6359.0 - Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2010 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2011
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Contributing family workers in their main job were excluded from the Forms of Employment Survey.
From November 2008, the Forms of Employment Survey definition of employees differs from the definition used in the Labour Force Survey, other household surveys (including earlier FOES), and employer surveys.
Forms of Employment Survey (from November 2008). Employees are people who work for a public or private employer and receive remuneration in wages or salary. Employees are engaged under a contract of service (an employment contract) and take directions from their employer/supervisor/manager/foreman on how the work is performed.
Labour Force Survey and other household surveys (including FOES prior to 2008). Employees are persons who:
Employer surveys. Employees are wage and salary earners who received pay for any part of the reference period.
A contract of employment which specifies that the employment will be terminated on a particular date/event.
Form of employment
Classifies employed persons according to the following categories on the basis of their main job (that is, the job in which the most hours were usually worked):
Full-time workers in main job
Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in their main job) and others who, although usually worked fewer than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
Provision by an employer of paid holiday, vacation or recreation leave.
Hours usually worked
The number of hours usually worked in a week.
The number of hours actually worked during the reference week.
Independent contractors are persons who operate their own business and who contract to perform services for others without having the legal status of an employee, i.e. persons who are engaged by a client, rather than an employer. Independent contractors are engaged under a contract for services (a commercial contract), whereas employees are engaged under a contract of service (an employment contract). Independent contractors' employment may take a variety of forms, for example, they may have a direct relationship with a client or work through an intermediary. Independent contractors may have employees, however they spend most of their time directly engaged with clients or on client tasks, rather than managing their staff.
An industry is a group of businesses or organisations that undertake similar economic activities to produce goods and services. In this publication, industry of main job refers to ANZSIC Division as classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).
Long service leave
Provision by an employer or industry body of paid long service leave.
Main English-speaking countries
The list of main English-speaking countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. These countries comprise the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America.
The job in which the most hours were usually worked.
The provision by an employer of paid maternity/paternity leave.
An occupation is a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in their title, tasks, skill level and skill specialisation, which are grouped together for the purposes of classification. In this publication, occupation refers to Major Group as defined by the ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Revision 1, 2009 (cat. no. 1220.0).
Other business operators
People who operate their own business, with or without employees, but who are not operating as independent contractors. Other business operators are distinguished from independent contractors in that they tend to generate their income from managing their staff or from selling goods or services to the public, rather than providing a labour service directly to a client. Other business operators spend little time working on client tasks with most of their time spent on managing their employees and/or business.
Part-time workers in main job
Employed persons who usually worked fewer than 35 hours a week (in their main job) and who did so during the reference week.
The week preceeding the week in which the interview was conducted.
Provision by an employer of paid sick leave.
With paid leave entitlements
Employees who were entitled to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their main job. For more information see paragraph 18 of the Explanatory Notes.
Without paid leave entitlements
Employees who were not entitled to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave, or did not know whether they were entitled to paid holiday leave or paid sick leave in their main job. For more information, see paragraph 18 of the Explanatory Notes.
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