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PRICE INDEXES AND CONTRACT PRICE INDEXATION

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2007 to Dec Qtr 2007
Dec Qtr 2006 to Dec Qtr 2007
% change
% change

Wage Price Index (WPI)
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Seasonally Adjusted(a)
Australia
1.1
4.2
Sector
Private
1.1
4.3
Public
1.0
4.1
Original
Australia
1.0
4.2
Sector
Private
1.0
4.3
Public
0.9
4.1

(a) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 37-45

WPI-Quarterly changes, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Graph: WPI–Quarterly changes, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses

WPI-Annual change: original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - For selected industries, Dec Qtr 2007
Graph: WPI–Annual change: original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses—For selected industries, Dec Qtr 2007



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES

QUARTERLY CHANGE (SEP QTR 2007 TO DEC QTR 2007)

  • The index for all employee jobs in Australia increased by 1.1%, seasonally adjusted.
  • The increases in indexes (in original terms) at the industry level ranged from 0.5% for Personal and other services to 2.1% for Retail trade.
  • Increases in the indexes (in original terms) at the occupation level ranged from 0.8% for Professionals, Advanced clerical and service workers and Intermediate production and transport workers to 1.8% for Elementary clerical, sales and service workers.


ANNUAL CHANGE (DEC QTR 2006 TO DEC QTR 2007)
  • The increase in the seasonally adjusted index through the year to December 2007 for all employee jobs in Australia was 4.2%.
  • Increases in the original indexes through the year to December 2007 at the industry level ranged from 3.2% for Wholesale trade to 5.1% for Mining, compared with 4.2% for all industries.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2008 14 May 2008
June 2008 13 August 2008
September 2008 12 November 2008



CHANGES IN FUTURE ISSUES

The ABS is planning to discontinue the wage price indexes for occupation groups after the release of the September quarter 2008 figures. This data appears in Tables 7 and 8 of this publication and in electronic Tables 7a and 7b on the ABS website. Users of this data who are interested in discussing what other wage price index data are available, can contact David Taylor on (08) 9360 5151 or email labour.price.index@abs.gov.au.



ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Original indexes are compiled for various combinations of state/territory, sector, broad industry group and broad occupation group. Seasonally adjusted and trend indexes are compiled only for total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses for each of the private sector, public sector and all sectors. Indexes not included in this publication may be made available on request by telephoning David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.



FURTHER INFORMATION

More detailed information on the Labour Price Index (LPI) is available in Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia (cat. no. 6351.0.55.001).



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.


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