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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2007  Reissue
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EMPLOYMENT

Census of Population and Housing

The 2001 Census of Population and Housing collected employment data relating to the job in which a person worked the most hours during the week before the Census.


A total of 43,388 people were employed in the printing and/or publishing of newspapers, periodicals and books. A further 41,742 people were employed in the wholesaling and/or retailing of books, newspapers, magazines and stationery.


Almost 45% of those working in the printing/publishing sector of the industry were employed in a 'cultural' occupation, compared with only 2% of those employed in the wholesaling and retailing sector. The most common 'cultural' occupations recorded were Print journalists ( 4,817 people employed), Printing tradespersons (4,630) and Editors (2,586). Of the 'other' occupations recorded for this industry, Sales assistants (15,136) and Shop managers (9,724) were the most common.

11.5 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN LITERATURE AND PRINT MEDIA INDUSTRIES(a), By occupation - August 2001

Newspaper printing or publishing
Other periodical publishing
Book and other publishing
Book and magazine wholesaling
Newspaper, book and stationary retailing

Cultural occupations
Advertising specialists
154
114
14
5
11
Authors
43
59
262
16
31
Book editors
3
24
459
8
8
Classified advertising clerks
441
11
5
-
20
Copywriters
27
13
14
-
-
Desktop publishing operators
95
60
101
6
14
Editors
1 439
932
182
7
26
Graphic designers
782
474
282
12
81
Illustrators
46
8
65
3
3
Librarians
83
11
21
11
20
Media producers
82
226
32
-
9
Photographers
628
46
12
3
16
Print journalists
4 080
659
15
9
54
Printing hands
920
213
331
24
27
Printing tradespersons
2 874
693
930
26
107
Proof readers
83
26
34
3
6
Technical writers
5
19
56
3
3
Other cultural occupations
589
326
318
47
231
Total cultural occupations
12 374
3 914
3 133
183
667
Other occupations
General clerks
584
149
206
118
388
General managers
689
768
922
120
312
Leaflet and newspaper deliverers
1 291
20
5
101
963
Sales assistants (other personal and household goods)
107
24
61
130
14 814
Sales and marketing managers
743
516
337
108
486
Sales representatives (business services)
1 619
291
124
15
285
Sales representatives (personal and household goods)
54
58
255
467
988
Shop managers
60
9
15
85
9 555
Storepersons
51
35
161
584
645
Other (includes not stated)
8 175
2 933
3 705
1 822
8 906
Total other occupations
13 373
4 803
5 791
3 550
37 342
Total all occupations
25 747
8 717
8 924
3 733
38 009

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) In their main job in the week before Census Night.
ABS, Census of Population and Housing, 2001, data available on request.


Book Publishers Survey

More recently, the 2003-04 ABS Book Publishers Survey reported that there were 5,300 people employed by the 244 businesses involved in book publishing, which was virtually the same as the previous year.

11.6 Book publishers(a), Employment - 2002-03 to 2003-04

2002-03
2003-04
no.
no.

Males
1 784
1 848
Females
3 556
3 452
Persons
5 341
5 300

(a) 'Book publishers' includes only businesses for which the predominant activity is book publishing. 'Other major contributors' includes only the book publishing employment of businesses for which the predominant activity is not book publishing, but book publishing income is $2m or more.
ABS, Book Publishers, 2003-04 (cat. no. 1363.0)


Book Retailers Survey

The 2003-04 ABS Book Retailers Survey showed that there were 8,717 people employed in the 561 businesses predominantly involved in book retailing. The largest increase in employment in this sector occurred between 2002-03 and 2003-04 (19%), with numbers increasing by 4% between 2001-02 and 2002-03.

11.7 Bookshops(a), Employment - 2001-02 to 2003-04

2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
no.
no.
no.

Males
2 398
2 383
2 855
Females
4 685
4 953
5 862
Persons
7 083
7 336
8 717

(a) Includes only those businesses which are classified according to the ANZSIC as Newspaper, book and stationery retailing and for which the value of new book sales comprises at least 50% of all retail sales.
ABS, Book Retailers, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 1371.0)


Work Survey

Additional information on people's involvement in Literature and print media was also collected in the ABS 2004 Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities.


According to this survey, some 556,500 people contributed their writing skills in the 12 months before interview, with 36% of these receiving some payment for their contributions.


A further 162,200 people had a work involvement in publishing in the 12 months before interview, with just over one-half (52%) receiving some payment for their efforts.

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