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1146.0 - Directory of Service Industries Statistics, 2002  
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Contents >> Property and Business Services Industry >> Employment Placement and Contract Staff Services

Employment Services, Australia (cat. no. 8558.0)


PURPOSE

To provide key measures on the performance of the Employment Placement and Contract Staff Services industries and to identify the nature and structure of the industries/activities in terms of employment, income, costs and their contribution to the Australian economy.


SCOPE

The scope of the collection was:

  • all employing businesses mainly engaged in personnel search, selection, referral and placement in connection with employment in any field. The services may be supplied to the potential employer or the prospective employee and may involve the formulation of job descriptions, the screening and testing of applicants and the investigation of references, as defined by Class 7861 of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC),
  • all employing businesses mainly engaged in supplying their own employees to other businesses on a fee or contract basis as defined by Class 7862 of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). Assignments are mainly short term and performed under the supervision of staff of the client unit,
  • all businesses with a Job Network contract not already included in the above categories, who are involved in job placement (defined by 7861 and 7862) activity,
  • all Group Training Companies not already included in the above categories, who are involved in job placement (defined by 7861 and 7862) activity.

ANZSIC Class 7861 Employment Placement Services:

Primary Activities - Outplacement service, executive search service, employment office operation, employment agency operation.
Exclusions/References: Businesses mainly engaged in theatrical and motion picture casting are included in Class 9529 (Services to the Arts n.e.c.).

ANZSIC Class 7862 Contract Staff Services:

Primary Activities - Temporary labour hire
Exclusions/References: Businesses mainly engaged in providing the workforce on a long-term basis (including supervisory staff) for other units are classified according to the predominant activities of the client businesses.

The coverage source was the ABS Business Register and therefore the scope was defined by businesses on the Business Register classified to ANZSIC Classes 7861 and 7862. This was supplemented by both Group Training Companies and "Businesses with a Job Network contract" who are involved in job placement activity and who are not classified to 7861 and 7862.


DATA DETAIL

The publication contains the following tables at the national level together with summary data at the state level:
  • sources of income
  • items of expenditure
  • characteristics of employment
  • main activity of persons employed
  • selected statistics by employment size groupings
  • selected performance ratios
  • some activity data such as number of placements

The tables contain data at the Australia level with one state table showing:
  • number of businesses
  • permanent placements
  • employment
  • wages and salaries
  • total income


GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

Victoria
Queensland
South Australia
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
ACT



FREQUENCY OF DATA AVAILABILITY

A survey of businesses involved in Employment Placement Services (ANZSIC Class 7861) and Contract Staff Services (ANZSIC Class 7862) was conducted in respect of 1998-1999. This was the first time that an economic survey specifically targeting these industries had been undertaken.


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