This technical manual provides information about the release of microdata from the May 2010 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH). The microdata are available as an Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. The CURF is accessible through the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL).
The RADL is a secure on-line database query system, under which microdata are held on a server at the ABS. Users of the RADL can submit programs in SAS, SPSS and STATA software to interrogate and analyse the microdata, and access the results.
The ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) is the data analysis solution for high-end data users who want to extract full value from ABS microdata. The ABSDL provides a more responsive and interactive environment in which to analyse CURFs than that offered by the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). The ABSDL is available to approved clients in a secure data laboratory in any ABS state or territory office.
Further information about the RADL and ABSDL facilities and information about obtaining access to the file is available on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au/about/microdata>.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been conducted since 1974. It is currently conducted biennially. The survey produces estimates of the composition and distribution of the weekly earnings of employees, the hours for which they are paid, and the methods used to set their pay (i.e. award only, collective agreement, or individual arrangement).
Estimates from the survey are used by Commonwealth and State government departments, employer associations, trade unions and academic researchers. Estimates from the survey were published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 6306.0) in January 2011, which is available on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au>.
Occupation data are classified according to the ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition (cat. no. 1220.0).
Industry data are classified according to the ANZSIC - Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).