ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the nature of employment arrangements in the Australian workforce. It also presents information about different types of employment which can be cross-classified by characteristics such as hours worked, industry and occupation and demographic characteristics.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from data collected in the Forms of Employment Survey, conducted throughout Australia in November 2006 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Questions were asked about employment arrangements in the main job of all employed people, except those who were contributing family workers in their main job.
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
In this publication there is a substantial increase in the number of people who worked on a contract basis. This was due to a change in the number of people being asked "Do you work on a contract?". In 2006, all employed people were asked if they worked on a contract basis. In previous Forms of Employment surveys, employed people who received both paid sick and paid holiday leave were not asked if they worked on a contract basis. This change resulted in an additional 857,900 people who were found to be working on a contract basis. Users need to exercise care when comparing the number of people who worked on a contract basis in this publication with previous releases.
From 2006, occupation data are classified according to the ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1220.0). The new classification replaces the ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0). Data classified according to the ASCO are available on request.
Also from 2006, industry data are classified according to the ANZSIC - Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). This new classification replaces the ANZSIC - Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0). Data classified according to the ANZSIC 1993 are available on request.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.