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6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/08/2005   
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KEY FIGURES


Feb 2005
May 2004
May 2005
to May 2005
to May 2005
TREND ESTIMATES
$
% change
% change

Private & public sectors
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
1008.10
1.6
5.8
Full-time adult total earnings
1060.80
1.6
6.2
All employees total earnings
793.60
1.5
5.5
Private sector
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
983.20
1.9
6.4
Full-time adult total earnings
1042.10
1.9
7.0
Public sector
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
1090.20
0.7
3.7
Full-time adult total earnings
1124.00
0.7
3.6

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

Private & public sectors
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
1008.30
1.5
6.0
Full-time adult total earnings
1059.70
1.3
6.5
All employees total earnings
792.90
1.1
5.8
Private sector
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
982.70
1.6
6.6
Full-time adult total earnings
1040.00
1.3
7.3
Public sector
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
1092.10
1.2
4.1
Full-time adult total earnings
1126.50
1.2
4.1



Graph - Full Time Adult Total Earnings, Quarterly percentage change in trend estimates, All Sectors
Graph - Full Time Adult Total Earnings, Quarterly percentage change in trend estimates, Private and Public


KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • Full-time adult ordinary time earnings rose by 5.7% for males and 5.9% for females in the twelve months to May 2005.
  • In the twelve months to May 2005, full-time adult total earnings rose by 6.4% for males and 5.7% for females.
  • Full-time adult ordinary time earnings for the private and public sectors rose by 6.4% and 3.7% respectively in the twelve months to May 2005.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING CHANGES

CONCURRENT SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT

From the August 2005 issue of this publication, the ABS will use concurrent seasonal adjustment in the Survey of Average Weekly Earnings (AWE), replacing the forward factor adjustment method currently used to produce seasonally adjusted estimates. Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses original data up to and including the current quarter to update seasonal factors each quarter, whereas the forward factor adjustment method only updates seasonal factors annually.

As a result of the quarterly updating of seasonal factors, seasonally adjusted estimates will be revised each quarter under the concurrent adjustment method, compared with annual revisions under the forward factor method. However, the degree of revision will generally be less under the concurrent adjustment method (i.e. initial seasonally adjusted estimates will be closer on average to their final values), as any change in seasonality will be picked up sooner.

NOTES ON ESTIMATES

COMPOSITIONAL EFFECTS

Movements in average weekly earnings can be affected by both changes in the level of earnings per employee and changes in the composition of the labour force. For example, changes in the proportions of full-time, part-time, casual and junior employees and variations in the distribution of occupations can affect movements in earnings series. Refer to paragraphs 18 and 19 of the Explanatory Notes.

SAMPLING ERROR

For information on sampling error refer to the Technical Note. Standard errors for the original estimates contained in this publication are in tables 18 to 20.

ABBREVIATIONS

ABNAustralian Business Number
ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
ANZSICAustralian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification
ATOAustralian Taxation Office
AWEaverage weekly earnings
GEgroup employer
PAYGWpay-as-you-go withholding
TAUtype of activity unit
WPIwage price index

INQUIRIES

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