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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
Estimates from the Forms of Employment Survey are subject to sampling and non-sampling errors. Relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the size of the sampling error affecting an estimate, i.e. the error introduced by basing estimates on a sample of the population rather than the full population. Non-sampling errors are inaccuracies that occur because of imperfections in reporting by respondents and interviewers, and errors made in coding and processing data.
The Forms of Employment Survey was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are available for state and capital city/balance, though users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level because of the presence of high sampling errors. RSEs for all estimates in the publication are available in the Technical Note.
While the LFS provides the official estimate of persons in the labour force, the FOES provides further information on the characteristics of these people. Summary information is also collected in the Labour Force Survey on a quarterly basis.
The ABS has been conducting the FOES regularly since 1998. Key changes to the FOES include:
For more information on changes to the survey see Chapter 21.3 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
The Forms of Employment publication contains tables and a Summary of Findings to aid interpretation of the results of the survey. Detailed Explanatory Notes, Technical Note and a Glossary are also included providing information on the terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
Further commentary is often available through articles and data published in other ABS products, including:
· Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat.no. 6105.0) - refer to Appendix 2 for past articles
· Australian Social Trends (cat.no. 4102.0) - refer to the Cumulative list of articles for past articles
· Year Book Australia (cat.no. 1301.0) - the 'Labour' chapter includes a feature article on Forms of Employment
· Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) - Chapter 21.3 Forms of Employment.
The main product from the survey is a PDF publication, Forms of Employment, Australia (cat.no. 6359.0), released electronically via the ABS website. Additional data may be available on request. For a list of data items available see Appendix 1 of the publication. Note that detailed data can be subject to high relative standard errors, and in some cases, may result in data being confidentialised.
For further information about these or related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Centre on 1300 135 070 or contact Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.
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