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6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, Feb 2010  
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Welcome to the third issue of Labour Statistics News. The Labour Market Statistics National Statistical Centre produces Labour Statistics News twice a year, to promote the effective use of labour market statistics, and to provide an opportunity for you to give us feedback on these developments so that we can better meet your statistical needs.

This issue includes information on the latest developments in ABS labour market statistics and updates on current work. Some key recent developments include:

  • the re-instatement of the full Labour Forcer Survey sample (fully implemented from December 2009) and the Job Vacancy Survey (in November 2009);
  • the release of the 2008 Forms of Employment Survey (FOES) Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) - which includes the new Independent Contractor and Labour Hire modules; and
  • the release of the Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide.

There are also a range of projects and other developments aimed at improving the range and/or usefulness of labour market statistics which are in progress, or about to commence, including:
  • investigations into maximising the longitudinal nature of the Labour Force Survey through matching data across survey months;
  • investigations into options for linked employer-employee data;
  • upcoming release of additional aggregate monthly hours worked data;
  • review of the Job Search Experience survey;
  • review of measures of job change; and
  • investigation into the development of temporary work measures.

See the Recent developments and Current projects sections for more details on these, and other developments.

If you are looking to improve your understanding of the wide range of ABS labour statistics, a wealth of information can be found in the compendium publication Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0), in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) and on the Labour Theme Page of the ABS website. In addition, the Labour Market National Statistical Centre runs a one day training course, Introduction to Labour Statistics, in partnership with the ABS National Statistical Training Institute, which informs participants of the ABS labour collections and their applications.

If you have any questions about aspects of the labour statistic program, please contact one of our subject experts shown in the Find out more page of this newsletter, or you can contact us on (02) 6252 7206 or email labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.

I hope you find this newsletter interesting and informative.

Michael Gerrity, A/g Director

Labour Market National Statistical Centre

Australian Bureau of Statistics

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