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Topics @ a Glance - Labour
Hours Worked
Statistics and Data Sources

Information on hours that different groups of employed people work is important in order to monitor working and living conditions, as well as analysing economic developments. It enables classification of employed people into full-time and part-time status and the creation of aggregate monthly hours worked estimates.

The ABS conducts a number of household and business surveys that are relevant to those interested in the hours that people usually and/or actually work in Australia. The most commonly used estimates of hours worked are available in the Labour Force Survey and the Employee Earnings and Hours Survey.

Labour Force Survey (monthly)
The labour force survey collects information about Australia's labour market activity, providing estimates of employment, unemployment and labour force participation. Demographic information is also collected, allowing the data to be disaggregated by characteristics such as age and sex. Information on hours worked includes hours actually worked in all jobs, hours actually worked in main job, hours usually worked in all jobs, preference for working more hours and reason for working less than 35 hours in the reference week,
Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) contains estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups. It also contains estimates of monthly aggregate hours worked.
More detailed data are published one week later in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001), which includes actual and usual hours worked of employed people.
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) is released quarterly and contains industry and occupation data.
Microdata are available in a Longitudinal Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6602.0).

Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (two-yearly)
The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours collects information on the composition and distribution of earnings and hours paid for, of employees, as well as information on how employees' pay is set - by award only, collective agreement or individual arrangement.
Summary results are published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001).

Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey (annual)
The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey collects information about employees' weekly earnings, leave entitlements, employment benefits and trade union membership.
Summary results published in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007).

Census of Population and Housing (five-yearly)
The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection run by the ABS. Run every five years, it is the only collection that provides a detailed picture of the entire population. Data for actual hours worked is available for small geographic areas and population groups.
Census data can be accessed from the Census webpage.

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