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6301.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Preliminary, Nov 2000  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/02/2001   
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NOVEMBER 2000 KEY FIGURES


Aug 2000 to
Nov 1999 to
ESTIMATES
Nov 2000
Nov 2000
Nov 2000
$
% change
% change
Trend

Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
803.3
1.1
5.3
Full-time adult total earnings
839.2
0.8
4.7
All employees total earnings
649.4
0.9
5.8

Seasonally adjusted
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
800.6
0.3
4.9
Full-time adult total earnings
833.7
-0.6
3.9
All employees total earnings
643.5
-0.8
5.0

Original
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
800.4
0.3
4.9
Full-time adult total earnings
836.4
-0.1
3.9
All employees total earnings
644.0
-0.4
5.0


Full-time adult total earnings


NOVEMBER 2000 KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • Full-time adult ordinary time earnings rose by 5.2% for both males and females in the twelve months to November 2000.
  • In the twelve months to November 2000, full-time adult total earnings rose 4.2% for males and 5.3% for females.


NOTES


FINAL ISSUE

Preliminary Average Weekly Earnings statistics are being discontinued, and this is the final issue containing these preliminary figures. With the increasing analytical focus on changes in wage rates, more emphasis is being given to the quarterly Wage Cost Index, the release of which will be brought forward each quarter. The Average Weekly Earnings series does not provide a reliable indicator of changes in wage rates, as it is significantly affected by compositional shifts in the workforce. In addition, the preliminary figures are incomplete, and therefore subject to revision when the final figures become available.

The final Average Weekly Earnings statistics will continue to be published quarterly in Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (Cat. no. 6302.0). That publication includes all series contained in this publication, plus a number of additional series for States, Territories and broad industries. It continues to be useful for analysing the average wage bill, and is frequently used for indexation and contract escalation. The November edition of 6302.0 will be released on 1 March 2001, and the February 2001 edition on 17 May 2001, one day after the Wage Cost Index publication.

Users who require a reliable measure of change in wage and salary rates should refer to the quarterly Wage Cost Index series (results published in Catalogue no. 6345.0), which directly measure changes in wage and salary rates each quarter. The March quarter 2001 issue is scheduled for publication on 16 May 2001. For more detail about these series, refer to the Information Paper Wage Cost Index, Australia, 2000 (Catalogue no. 6346.0), copies of which are available from ABS Bookshops and from the ABS website. Further information regarding the cessation of this publication is available in this media release from the ABS website or by contacting Glynis Orrell on Perth 08 9360 5304.


SAMPLING ERRORS

See paragraphs 17-21 of the Explanatory Notes.


STANDARD ERRORS



November 2000

Level
Quarterly change
$
$
Males

Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
7.5
5.5
Full-time adult total earnings
7.7
5.5
All males total earnings
7.8
5.3

Females
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
4.9
3.8
Full-time adult total earnings
4.9
3.6
All females total earnings
5.0
3.5

Persons
Full-time adult ordinary time earnings
5.6
4.2
Full-time adult total earnings
5.7
4.0
All employees total earnings
5.6
3.8



FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about these and related statistics, contact Glynis Orrell on Perth 08 9360 5304, or the National Information Service on 1300 135 070.


SYMBOLS AND OTHER USAGES


ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ACT Australian Capital Territory
ANZSIC Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification
AWE Average Weekly Earnings
AWOTE Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings
SEESurvey of Employment and Earnings

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