Australian Bureau of Statistics
6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2008 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/02/2009
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People aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
People who operate his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade, and hires one or more employees.
Employed people who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) or others who, although usually worked less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
Fully employed workers
Employed people who:
Refers to whether people were prepared to move to another state or territory if offered a suitable job.
Refers to whether people were prepared to move to another part of their state or territory if offered a suitable job.
Level of highest educational attainment
Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is not a measurement of the relative importance of different fields of study but a ranking of qualifications and other educational attainments regardless of the particular area of study or the type of institution in which the study was undertaken.
Years 12, 11 and 10 include people who are currently undertaking school study (See Appendix 1 for more information).
Looking for work with more hours
Looked for work with more hours at some time during the four weeks up to the end of the reference week.
Mean duration of insufficient work
The mean duration of insufficient work is obtained by dividing the aggregate number of weeks a group has had insufficient work by the number of people in that group.
Mean preferred number of extra hours
The mean preferred number of extra hours is obtained by dividing the total preferred number of extra hours reported by a group by the number of people in that group.
Median duration of insufficient work
The median duration of insufficient work is obtained by dividing underemployed workers into two equal groups, one comprising people whose duration of insufficient work is above the mid point, and the other comprising people whose duration is below it.
Non-economic reasons for full-time workers having worked less than 35 hours in the reference week include:
Not available to start work
Refers to people who were not available to start work with more hours either in the reference week, or in the four weeks following the interview.
Not fully employed
People who are not fully employed comprise part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours, and full-time workers who worked part-time hours in the reference week for economic reasons.
Own account workers
People who operate his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade, and hires no employees.
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 during the reference week.
Preferred number of extra hours
The number of extra hours a week an underemployed worker would have preferred to work.
Preferred total number of hours
The total number of hours per week an underemployed worker would prefer to work.
The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.
Status in employment
Employed people classified by whether they were employees, employers, own account workers, or contributing family workers.
Job with the preferred number of hours.
Underemployed workers are employed people who would prefer, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have. They comprise:
The number of underemployed workers expressed as a percentage of the labour force.
Usual number of hours
The number of hours usually worked in a week.
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