Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2007
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In May 2006 the difference between male and female average weekly earnings was lowest for full-time adult AWOTE (where female earnings were 85% of the male figure of $1,101) and highest for all employees total earnings (where female earnings were 66% of the male figure of $985) (table 6.47). The latter difference reflects the inclusion of part-time employees (a higher proportion of female employees work part time) and the inclusion of overtime pay (of which men earn more than women). In May 2006, 46% of female employees worked part time compared with 15% of male employees.
Table 6.48 presents AWOTE for full-time adult men and women by states and territories in May 2006. The highest weekly earnings for men and women were in the Australian Capital Territory ($1,201.70); the lowest weekly earnings for men and women were in Tasmania ($943.60).
In May 2006, the mining industry recorded the highest AWOTE for full-time adults ($1,729 for men and $1,318 for women) (graph 6.49). The industries with the lowest AWOTE for full-time adults were Accommodation, cafes and restaurants ($770 for men and $725 for women) and Retail trade ($834 and $731 respectively).
AWOTE for full-time adult women was less than for men in all industries. Full-time adult AWOTE for females was approximately two-thirds (65%) of male full-time AWOTE in the Finance and insurance industry, rising to 94% in the Accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry.
Data on average weekly earnings are also available from the EEH survey. This survey provides additional information, such as occupation. AWOTE for full-time adult employees by occupation for May 2004 are shown in graph 6.50. For both men and women, Labourers and related workers earned the lowest average weekly ordinary time earnings of all the occupation groups ($699 for men and $612 for women), whereas the highest earnings were for Managers and administrators ($1,607 for men and $1,391 for women).
Men had higher average earnings than women in each major occupation group. For full-time adult employees, the proportional difference between male and female average weekly ordinary time earnings was smallest for Labourers and related workers (average earnings of women were 88% of those of men) and greatest for Tradespersons and related workers (78%).
The Survey of Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, provides data on average weekly earnings across a range of socio-demographic characteristics.
In August 2005, average weekly earnings of full-time workers was more than double that of part-time workers across all age groups; full-time workers earned, on average, $983 per week in all jobs, compared with $367 for part-time workers. Workers with the lowest average weekly earnings were those aged 15-19 years ($449 for full-time workers and $138 for part-time workers) while those with the highest average weekly earnings were aged 45-54 years ($1,086 for full-time workers and $478 for part-time workers) (graph 6.51).
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