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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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Contents >> Construction >> Average weekly earnings in the construction industry

Average weekly earnings provide useful information on the cost of labour in the construction industry. This complements the information provided in the previous section on the cost of materials in the industry.

In May 2001 the average weekly earnings of all employees in the construction industry stood at $707, 7% higher than the all industries average ($663) (table 20.21).

Average weekly earnings for wage and salary earners increased steadily in the construction industry in the period 1993 to 1999, but have fallen in the last two years, in contrast to the continued growth of average weekly earnings for all industries combined. This could be attributed to compositional changes in the industry's employment patterns and to the volativity in the industry which coincided with the transition to The New Tax System.


20.21 AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS, Construction and All Industries

Construction

All industries

at May
Full-time adult employees

$
All employees

$
Full-time adult employees

$
All employees

$

1993
646
579
633
518
1994
709
635
656
532
1995
730
662
688
548
1996
751
681
715
564
1997
792
718
737
578
1998
808
739
768
596
1999
831
750
791
611
2000
797
720
822
636
2001
786
707
861
663

Source: Average Weekly Earnings (6302.0).


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