Australian Bureau of Statistics
6102.0.55.001 - Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Apr 2007
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CHAPTER 10. OTHER MEASURES OF THE ECONOMICALLY ACTIVE POPULATION
In addition, persons wanting to work may withdraw from job search because they believe jobs are not available (discouraged job seekers - see Chapter 7 for further information on this topic). Departures from the labour force may be either temporary or permanent.
10.3 The surveys outlined below examine subsets of entries to and/or exits from the labour force in detail.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: TRANSITION FROM EDUCATION TO WORK
10.4 Data on the transition from education to work are collected in the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Education and Work Survey. Information collected includes estimates of numbers of persons entering the labour force after leaving educational institutions, including those who have found work. For more information on this topic refer to Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0).
10.5 Information on the labour force status of migrants is collected in the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants Survey. Results are published in Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).
10.6 In addition to information contained in the Labour Force Survey supplementary survey, the ABS also publishes statistics on net overseas migration in Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0). For this collection, migrants are defined as permanent residents of Australia (i.e. they have permanent resident status) who were not born in Australia.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT INTENTIONS
10.7 Information on retirement from work is collected, from persons aged 45 years or over who have at some time worked two weeks or more, in the Retirement and Retirement Intentions topic, conducted every two years as part of the Multi-Purpose Household Survey. The following definitions apply to this survey:
10.8 For more information on the content and methodology of this survey, refer to Chapter 22.2.
OTHER DATA SOURCES
10.9 Other sources of labour statistics related to labour force entry and exit that are discussed in other chapters are outlined below. For more information on these statistics please refer to the chapter's referenced:
LABOUR MARKET DYNAMICS
10.10 Most labour statistics focus on points in time (for example the size and structure of the labour force). Statistics on labour market dynamics focus on changes over time, and relate mainly to the experiences of individuals, both in and out of the labour force.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: LABOUR MOBILITY
10.11 The purpose of the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, Labour Mobility, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0), is to provide information on job mobility and job tenure. The survey collects information from persons aged 15 years and over who worked at some time during the previous 12 months, and either had a change of employer/business in their main job, or had some change in work with their current employer/business. This survey is a major source of data for analysing the dynamic nature of the labour force. For more information on the content and methodology of this survey, refer to Chapter 21.7.
OTHER DATA SOURCES
10.12 Other sources of labour statistics related to labour market dynamics that are discussed in other chapters are outlined below. For more information on these statistics please refer to the chapter's referenced.
10.13 Detailed information on superannuation provision and income is collected in the Special Social Survey, the Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation. Information on employers' contributions to superannuation funds on behalf of their employees is also collected in the ABS business survey, the Survey of Major Labour Costs.
SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS RETIREMENT AND SUPERANNUATION
10.14 Information collected includes: details of the type of superannuation coverage people have; the levels of contributions; reasons for not contributing to superannuation; superannuation account balances; and the amounts of and uses of lump sums received from superannuation. The following definitions apply to this survey:
10.15 For more information on the content and methodology of this survey, refer to Chapter 23.
SURVEY OF MAJOR LABOUR COSTS
10.16 The Survey of Major Labour Costs collects information on employers' superannuation contributions as a component of total labour costs. Information collected relates only to employer-funded contributions; contributions by employees are excluded. Readers should note that due to the different funding arrangements adopted in the public and private sectors, estimates of superannuation are not directly comparable between the sectors - see Chapter 12 for further information. For more information on the content and methodology of this survey, refer to Chapter 28.
10.17 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra (02) 6252 7206 or email <email@example.com>.
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