6106.0 - Labour Statistics News, Feb 2010  
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Contents >> Articles and analysis


This section provides a summary of the latest articles and analysis by the Labour Market Statistics National Statistical Centre within various publications, promoting the effective use of labour market statistics. Articles and Analysis also includes references to labour articles in key ABS publications, such as Australian Social Trends.

Labour Hire Workers

There is ongoing interest in people who obtain work through labour hire firms and employment agencies. People who engage with labour hire firms are a diverse group and work in a range of jobs across various industries and occupations for a variety of reasons. This article provides an overview of the characteristics of people who found their job through a labour hire firm, using data from the November 2008 Forms of Employment Survey.

This article was first published in the January 2010 issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

Methods of setting pay

Over the past few years there have been a number of changes to the Australian workplace relations environment. This article uses data from the August 2008 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) to highlight the latest data on methods of setting pay and how this has changed over time. This article also looks at a range of other characteristics, including industry, occupation, sector and employment status, as well as the average earnings of employees for each of the methods of setting pay.

This article was first published in the October 2009 issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

Volume measures of labour underutilisation

The article highlights the changes the ABS has recently made to the reference period for volume measures and the method used to produce them. It also provides a data comparison between the old and new series.

This article was first published in the October 2009 issue of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

Australian Social Trends goes quarterly

2009 was the first year that Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) was released on a quarterly basis. The publication draws together a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other official sources to provide a picture of Australian society and how it is changing over time.

There were numerous articles released in 2009 fitting under the 'Work' banner and the next release (16 March, 2010) will see three more interesting articles; 'The Labour Market During Recent Economic Downturns', 'Are Young People Earning Or Learning' and 'Income Support Among People Of Working Age'.

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