Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours conducted in May 2000 collected information on employees' pay setting arrangements, e.g. by award, collective or individual agreements. 'Awards only' refers to employees who had their pay set at exactly the applicable award rate of pay. Employees classified to the 'collective agreements' category were those whose pay was set by a registered or unregistered collective agreement. Those classified to the 'individual agreements' category either had their pay set by an individual common law contract, or received overaward payments specified in an individual agreement, or were working proprietors who set their own rate of pay, or were employees on registered individual agreements.
Table 6.39 shows that the most common method of setting pay was individual agreements (40%), followed by collective agreements (37%) and awards only (23%). Accommodation, cafes and restaurants was the industry with the highest proportion of employees on awards (65%), and the lowest proportion of employees on collective agreements, while Electricity, gas and water supply (1%) and Communication services (2%) had the lowest proportion of employees on awards. Government administration and defence (78%), Education (77%) and Electricity, gas and water supply (77%) had the highest proportion of employees under collective agreements. Wholesale trade (77%), Property and business services (68%) and Construction (61%) had the highest proportion of employees on individual agreements, while Government administration and defence (7%) and Education (9%) had the lowest.
Table 6.40 shows that of all occupations, Managers and administrators are the least likely to be covered by awards only (3%), and the most likely to be covered by individual agreements (74%). Professionals had the highest proportion of employees under collective agreements (51%), while Elementary clerical, sales and service workers had the highest proportion of employees under awards (42%).
Table 6.41 shows the average weekly earnings of employees under the various types of pay setting arrangements. Persons working under individual agreements had the highest average weekly total earnings ($787.70 and $728.10 for registered and unregistered agreements respectively). However, for males registered collective agreements were higher than unregistered individual agreements ($850.40 compared to $834.40), while for females registered collective agreements were higher than both registered and unregistered individual agreements ($591.80 compared to $562.60 and $575.80 respectively).
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