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8143.0 - Information Technology, Australia, Preliminary, 1998-99  
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


INTRODUCTION

This publication presents results, in respect of the 1998-99 financial year, from an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey of the production and distribution of information technology and telecommunications (IT&T) goods and services by businesses in Australia. Note that financial data are presented in current price terms.


BUSINESSES

At the end of June 1999, there were 18,469 IT&T specialist businesses in the industries surveyed. This was an increase of 36% since the last survey in 1995-96.

Of the 18,469 specialists, 14,546 (79%) were in the computer consultancy services industry, 1,398 (8%) in the computer wholesaling industry and 931 (5%) in the telecommunication services industry. The remaining 1,594 (9%) were spread across the other industries surveyed.


EMPLOYMENT

At the end of June 1999, there were 195,580 persons working in IT&T specialist businesses, a 4% decrease since 1995-96. This 4% overall decrease in employment in IT&T specialist businesses consisted of a 42% decrease across the manufacturing industries, an 11% decrease across the wholesale industries, an 18% decrease in the telecommunications industry with an offsetting 37% increase in the computer services industries.


INCOME

During 1998-99, the total income for IT&T specialists was $59,421 million, an increase of 21% over 1995-96 in current price terms. Specialist businesses had IT&T income of $56,189 million which represented 95% of total income. The largest contributors to IT&T income were businesses classified to the telecommunication services industry ($25,138 million) which accounted for 45% of the total. The computer wholesaling industry contributed $12,501 million (22%) and the computer consultancy services industry contributed $8,570 million (15%).

IT&T income per person employed for IT&T specialist businesses was $287,300. The industries with the largest IT&T income per person employed were the wholesaling industries ($506,400) and the computer and business machines manufacturing industry ($472,200). The industry with the lowest IT&T income per person employed was the information storage and retrieval industry ($98,000).


EXPENSES

Wages and salaries per person employed for IT&T specialist businesses was $50,300. The industries with the largest wages and salaries per person employed were the business machines and electrical and electronic equipment wholesaling industries ($59,200) and the telecommunication, broadcasting and transceiving equipment manufacturing industry ($56,900). The industries with the lowest wages and salaries per person employed were the electronic equipment n.e.c. manufacturing industry ($33,600) and the information storage and retrieval industry ($34,100).

1 KEY FIGURES
Businesses at end June
Employment at end June
IT&T income
Total income
Wages and salaries
IT&T income per person employed
no.
no.
$m
$m
$m
$'000
Industry

IT&T SPECIALISTS
Manufacturing
Computer and business machines
119
2211
1044.2
1044.5
81.4
472.2
Telecommunication, broadcasting and transceiving equipment
51
4457
1074.9
1362.1
253.8
241.2
Electronic equipment n.e.c.
73
2540
471.7
499.7
85.4
185.7
Electric cable and wire
24
806
245.5
272.0
38.4
304.6
Total
268
10014
2836.3
3178.4
459.0
283.2
Wholesale trade
Computers
1398
24316
12501.3
13241.7
1297.5
514.1
Business machines and electrical and electronic equipment n.e.c.
561
10865
* 5315.3
6193.8
643.6
489.2
Total
1960
35180
17816.6
19435.4
1941.2
506.4
Telecommunication services
931
74910
25137.5
26159.5
3701.0
335.6
Computer services
Data processing
261
7118
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
Information storage and retrieval
* 112
929
91.1
97.3
31.7
98.0
Computer maintenance
392
2975
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
Computer consultancy
14546
64453
8569.8
8792.2
3193.9
133.0
Total
15310
75476
10398.5
10647.9
3739.3
137.8
Total
18469
195580
56188.9
59421.2
9840.5
287.3

OTHER BUSINESSES
Manufacturing
Computer and business machines
16
120
4.7
22.0
3.8
39.3
Telecommunication, broadcasting and transceiving equipment
* 6
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
6.5
Electronic equipment n.e.c.
134
5079
n.p.
1389.9
215.1
n.p.
Electric cable and wire
28
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
37.4
Total
184
7956
125.6
2350.1
357.2
15.8
Wholesale trade
Computers
-
-
-
-
-
-
Business machines and electrical and electronic equipment n.e.c.
1635
24438
446.4
8489.7
972.5
18.3
Total
1635
24438
446.4
8489.7
972.5
18.3
Telecommunication services
-
-
-
-
-
-
Computer services
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
1819
32394
572.0
10839.8
1329.7
17.7

ALL BUSINESSES

Manufacturing
Computer and business machines
135
2331
1048.9
1066.6
85.2
450.0
Telecommunication, broadcasting and transceiving equipment
57
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
239.7
Electronic equipment n.e.c.
207
7619
n.p.
1889.7
300.4
n.p.
Electric cable and wire
52
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
98.3
Total
451
17970
2961.9
5528.5
816.2
164.8
Wholesale trade
Computers
1398
24316
12501.3
13241.7
1297.5
514.1
Business machines and electrical and electronic equipment n.e.c.
2197
35303
* 5761.8
14683.5
1616.2
163.2
Total
3595
59618
18263.1
27925.2
2913.7
306.3
Telecommunication services
931
74910
25137.5
26159.5
3701.0
335.6
Computer services
15310
75476
10398.5
10647.9
3739.3
137.8
Total
20288
227974
56761.0
70261.1
11170.2
249.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
Source: Information Technology, Australia, Preliminary, 1998-99 (Cat. no. 8143.0).
Copyright Commonwealth of Australia, 2000

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