Australian Bureau of Statistics
6310.0 - Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, Aug 2008 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/04/2009
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Full-time employees in main job
People who were employees in their main job and:
Employed people who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and others who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week. In this publication full-time workers relates to full-time workers who were employees in their main job.
Hours paid for in main job
The number of hours for which employees were paid in their main job, not necessarily the number of hours actually worked during the reference week (e.g. an employee on paid leave for the week was asked to report the number of hours for which they were paid).
The number of hours actually worked during the reference week.
Industry of main job
An industry is a group of businesses or organisations that undertake similar economic activities to produce goods and/or services. In this publication, industry refers to ANZSIC Division as classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).
Main English-speaking countries
The list of main English-speaking countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. These countries comprise the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America.
The job in which most hours are usually worked.
Mean weekly earnings
The amount obtained by dividing the total earnings of a group by the number of employees in that group.
Median weekly earnings
The amount which divides the distribution of employees into two equal groups, one having earnings above and the other below that amount.
Employed people who, during the reference week worked in a second job. Multiple jobholders exclude those who changed employer and those who held a second job from which they were absent during the reference week because of holidays, sickness or any other reason.
In this publication, a multiple jobholder relates to only those who were employees in their main job.
Information on earnings in main job is collected from all multiple jobholders. Information on earnings in second job is only collected from multiple jobholders who were employees in their second job.
Occupation of main job
An occupation is a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in their title and tasks, skill level and skill specialisation which are grouped together for the purposes of classification. In this publication occupation refers to Major Group as defined by ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1220.0).
Owner managers of incorporated enterprises
People who work in their own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).
Paid holiday leave
The entitlement of an employee to paid holiday, paid vacation or paid recreation leave in their main job.
Paid leave entitlements
The entitlement of employees (excluding OMIEs) to either paid holiday leave, paid sick leave, paid long service leave and/or paid maternity/paternity leave in their main job.
Paid long service leave
The entitlement of an employee to paid long service leave in their main job.
Paid maternity/paternity leave
The entitlement of an employee to paid maternity/paternity leave in their main job.
Paid sick leave
The entitlement of an employee to paid sick leave in their main job.
Part-time employees in main job
People who were employees in their main job and:
Employed people who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week. In this publication part-time workers relates to part-time workers who were employees in their main job.
The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.
An arrangement under which an employee agrees contractually to forgo part of the remuneration, which the employee would otherwise receive as wages and salaries, in return for the employer or someone associated with the employer providing benefits of a similar value. (Australian Tax Office)
A job, other than the main job, in which some hours were worked during the reference week.
Sector of main job
Is used to classify a respondent’s employer as a public or private enterprise. The public sector includes all government units, such as government departments, non-market non-profit institutions that are controlled and mainly financed by government, and corporations and quasi-corporations that are controlled by government.
Receipt or provision of shares, share rights or options in the employer's business as an employee entitlement.
Size of location in main job
The number of people employed at the location of the respondent’s main job by their employer.
Membership of a superannuation or retirement benefits scheme regardless of whether the scheme was arranged or provided by the person’s current employer.
Under the Superannuation Guarantee Act, employers are obliged to make superannuation contributions on behalf of most employees. There are some exempt employees: for example, employees aged less than 18 years who are not working more than 30 hours a week, employees aged 70 years and over, or employees who are paid less than $450 in a calendar month.
An organisation consisting predominantly of employees, the principal activities of which include the negotiation of rates of pay and conditions of employment for its members.
Trade union member
Employees with membership in a trade union in conjunction with their main job.
Amount of ‘last total pay’ (i.e. before taxation, salary sacrifice and other deductions had been made) from wage and salary jobs prior to the interview. For persons paid other than weekly, earnings were converted to a weekly equivalent. No adjustment was made for any back payment of wage increases, prepayment of leave or bonuses, etc.
With paid leave entitlements
Employees (excluding OMIEs) who were entitled to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their main job.
Without paid leave entitlements
Employees (excluding OMIEs) who were not entitled to paid holiday leave and paid sick leave, or did not know whether they were entitled to paid holiday leave or paid sick leave in their main job.
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