Australian Bureau of Statistics
6359.0 - Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2012 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2013
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Key changes made to Forms of Employment Survey (FOES) include:
From February 2009 Labour Force Survey estimates have been compiled during population benchmarks based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Revisions were applied to the LFS population benchmarks in July 2010 and December 2012 to take into account the latest available population estimates. The latest revision undertaken in December 2012 is not reflected in the estimates presented in this issue.
Changes to the LFS population benchmarks impact primarily on the magnitude of the Labour Force Survey estimates (i.e. employment and unemployment) that are directly related to the underlying size of the population. For more details on population benchmarks, see the Explanatory Notes in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and for details about the revisions made, see the article in the November 2012 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and the article in the September 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
People are classified as employees, owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIEs) and owner managers of unincorporated enterprises (OMUEs) based on their responses to questions in the monthly Labour Force survey (LFS).
Employees from the LFS are people who:
Owner managers of incorporated enterprises from the LFS are people who:
Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises from the LFS are people who:
These people from the LFS are then asked questions in the FOES to identify key characteristics of independent contractors, other business operators. The responses to these questions are then used to determine how people are classified as employees, independent contractors and other business operators in the 'Form of employment' data item.
These questions are:
The following decision table shows how people are classified in the 'Form of employment' data item.
The data items 'Status in employment' and 'Employment Type in main job' presented in he 2007 Forms of Employment survey and prior, are no longer presented in publications from 2008, however are available on request. The main data item used to classify employed persons is 'Form of employment in main job'. Care should be taken when comparing results from the 2012 Forms of Employment Survey to surveys prior to 2008.
Additional information is presented in 2008 about people who found their current job through a labour hire firm/employment agency. These are, 'Whether currently registered with a labour hire firm/employment agency', 'Whether still registered with the same labour hire firm/employment agency', 'Whether paid by a labour hire firm/employment agency', 'Number of work assignments through labour hire firm/employment agency in the last 12 months', 'Whether usually had continuous/ongoing work from a labour hire firm/employment agency', and 'All/Main reasons for using a labour hire firm/employment agency'. This information was presented again in 2011.
In previous surveys:
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