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4156.0 - Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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SURVEY OF EMPLOYEE EARNINGS AND HOURS

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours collects information from a sample of employers about the earnings, hours and selected characteristics of their employees. The latest data available are in respect of May 2010 and are summarised in the ABS (2011b) publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2010 (cat. no. 6306.0). The scope of the survey is all employing businesses in Australia (public and private sectors) except businesses primarily engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing; private households employing staff; and foreign embassies, consulates. Self-employed people are excluded if they do not employ any wage or salary earners. Further, employees are only considered to be in scope for this survey if they received pay in the last pay period ending on or before 21 May 2010. Employees are out of scope if, during the reference period, they were members of the Australian permanent defence forces; were based outside Australia; or were on workers' compensation and not paid through the payroll.

Information on employment in sport and physical recreation from the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours differs from that obtained in the Census of Population and Housing in that the survey data refer to people employed in sport and physical recreation industries. Census data refer to people employed in sport and physical recreation occupations. A person can work in a sport industry but not be employed in a sport occupation. A cleaner employed at a racecourse is an example of a non-sport occupation within a sport industry. Information collected in the Census also refers to employment in the main job and excludes second and other jobs.

In 2010 businesses were classified to a sports and physical recreation industry in accordance with Group 911 and Group 912 of the ABS (2008b) Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006. Group 911 Sports and Physical Recreation Activities and Group 912 Horse and Dog racing facilities are part of Division R Arts and Recreation Services. Included in Group 911 is Health and fitness centres and gymnasia operation, Sports and physical recreation clubs and sports professionals, Sports and physical recreation venues, grounds and facilities operation, and Sports and physical recreation administrative services. Included in 912 is Horse and dog racing administration and track operation, and Other horse and dog racing facilities.

The average weekly total cash earnings of people employed in sport and physical recreation industries in May 2010 was $559.20. This was 55% of the average total cash earnings for people employed in all industries ($1,010.30).

8.4 Persons employed in sport and physical recreation industries(a), Average weekly earnings - By sex and full-time/part-time status - 2008 and 2010(b)

August 2008
May 2010
Average weekly ordinary time cash earnings
Average weekly total cash earnings
Average weekly ordinary time cash earnings
Average weekly total cash earnings
$
$
$
$

Sports and physical recreation industries(a)

Males
Full-time
1 086.30
1 108.30
1 218.60
1 232.60
Part-time
286.70
288.10
254.10
257.00
Total
648.00
658.70
635.00
642.30
Females
Full-time
861.10
864.80
938.30
956.60
Part-time
275.50
277.30
285.20
285.80
Total
410.30
412.50
474.70
480.40
Persons
Full-time
999.50
1 014.50
1 096.20
1 112.00
Part-time
279.60
281.30
271.30
272.90
Total
516.80
522.90
552.70
559.20

All industries(c)

Persons
Full-time
1 181.40
1 237.40
1 265.30
1 313.30
Part-time
434.70
440.30
479.90
488.80
Total
919.60
957.90
976.70
1 010.30

(a) Combined Industry groups 911 Sports and Physical Recreation Activities and 912 Horse and Dog Racing Activities.
(b) As this data is based on information relating to a sample of employers and employees for each year, rather than a full enumeration, they are subject to sample variability. That is, they may vary from the estimates that would have been produced if the information had been obtained from all employers and all employees. The figures produced at this fine level of disaggregation show volatility due to the sample design. The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours was not designed as a time series so caution should be exercised when comparing data between different years.
(c) Industry is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006, ABS cat. no 1292.0.
Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours.


Given the higher incidence of part-time employees in sport and physical recreation industries, the lower average weekly total cash earnings of people employed in these industries is not unexpected. However, the average weekly total cash earnings of full-time employees in sport and physical recreation industries was also less than the average for full-time employees across all industries ($1,112.00 compared with $1,313.30).

The average weekly total cash earnings of full-time employees in sport and physical recreation industries increased by 10% from $1,014.50 in August 2008 to $1,112.00 in May 2010. The corresponding increase for all full-time employees in all industries was 6.1% from $1237.40 to $1,313.30. It is important to note however, that as the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours was not designed as a time-series, caution should be exercised when comparing estimates between different years.





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