|TRANSITION TO ONLINE COLLECTION OF THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY|
The ABS is currently introducing online self-completion to the Labour Force Survey and other collections. The transition to online collection involves respondents being offered the option of self completing the survey on-line in place of a face-to-face or telephone interview. Interviewer collection (both face-to-face and via telephone) continues to be available for those respondents where it is inappropriate for operational, technological or personal reasons.
Online self-completion was offered to 100% of private dwellings in the December 2012 incoming rotation group and to 50% of private dwellings in each of the two incoming rotation groups from May 2013 to August 2013. From September 2013, the ABS is expanding the offer of online self-completion from 50% to 100% of private dwellings in each incoming rotation group. From April 2014, 100% of the whole labour force sample from private dwellings will be offered the online self-completion option.
The ABS has been monitoring any potential impacts of the transition to online self-completion. Over the first four months of the roll-out period no large statistical impact (larger than three standard errors) has been identified. The ABS will continue analysis over the next 12 months to identify and quantify if there has been any statistical impact.
NEW LABOUR FORCE SURVEY SAMPLE DESIGN
Every five years the ABS reviews the Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample design to ensure that the sample continues to accurately represent the Australian population. The phase-in of the new Labour Force Survey sample, using information collected in the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, commenced in May 2013 and was completed in August.
The new sample design includes the separation of the samples for the Monthly Population Survey (including the Labour Force Survey) and for Special Supplementary Surveys, and uses the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) for sample selection and output. For further information see Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, May 2013 (cat. no. 6269.0), which was released on 30 May 2013.
REMOTE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITY ENUMERATION
For practical reasons, the ABS uses a shorter version of the standard Labour Force Survey questionnaire to collect key labour force information from selected remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The shorter version of the questionnaire has been modified slightly from July 2013 to coincide with the introduction of Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) to differentiate between those working under Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) (wages) and those working under RJCP/CDEP (income support payments). Those employed under CDEP (wages) will be classified as employed because they have an employer/employee relationship, while those under RJCP/CDEP (income support payments) will be classified as unemployed or not in the labour force, depending on whether or not they are looking for work. The latter group are not considered to have an employer/employee relationship because they receive income support benefits rather than wages.
This change aligns the treatment of these programs with the labour force definitions and may have a minor impact on estimates for the Northern Territory. The ABS will monitor the estimates for any potential impact and will advise if this change resulted in a measurable impact on the estimates. For further information on collection of CDEP, refer to the Concepts, Sources and Methods section of the Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2011 (cat. no. 6287.0).
REBENCHMARKING OF LABOUR FORCE ESTIMATES
To ensure that the Labour Force Survey (LFS) series maintains coherence with the latest population estimates into the future, the ABS has moved to a process of regular revisions of the LFS population benchmarks. Such revisions were implemented into the LFS in the November 2012 and April 2013 issues, and relate to estimates for the period July 2008 to October 2012 and January 2011 to March 2013 respectively.
The next benchmark revision is planned to be released on 7 November 2013 in the October issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and will revise estimates from July 2011 to September 2013. In early 2014, the LFS population benchmarks will be revised to take account of the 2011 Census based ERP. Following this, the ABS will make revision to the LFS population benchmarks on a quarterly basis.
REVIEWS OF LABOUR BUSINESS SURVEY COLLECTIONS
The ABS has conducted a review of its Industrial Disputes and Employee Earnings and Hours collections. An important element of the reviews was to understand the contemporary and potential future data requirements of users. Consultation with key users occurred in June and July 2013. Once the outcomes from the reviews are finalised, information about any changes to the collections will be communicated to users, primarily through notes in Industrial Disputes, Australia (cat. no. 6321.0.55.001) and Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no 6306.0).
LABOUR STATISTICS: CONCEPTS, SOURCES AND METHODS
In May 2013 an updated version of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods was released. It provides a comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. It explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability.
To ensure that the concepts used and the references are relevant and current, chapters of this publication will be updated periodically. For further information see Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013 (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
INTRODUCTION TO LABOUR STATISTICS TRAINING
Introduction to Labour Statistics is a one-day training course that is designed for anyone who uses or needs to understand ABS Labour Statistics. The course provides an overview of the range of concepts and issues associated with ABS labour statistics. It explores the data produced by both household and employer based collections, and highlights the range of data available.
Courses are delivered in most state/territory capital cities. For more details about the future training course, or to register interest in attending, please refer to the ABS Training page or contact Pourus Bharucha on (02) 6252 6218 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
In September 2013, the ABS released Job Vacancies, Australia, August 2013 (cat. no. 6354.0), which presents quarterly estimates of job vacancies available for immediate filling for which employers have undertaken recruitment actions. The survey results shows that the total job vacancies in August 2013 were 137,900, a decrease of 3.7% from May 2013. The number of job vacancies in the private sector was 126,500 in August 2013 (a decrease of 4.1% from May) and in the public sector was 11,400 (an increase of 0.9%).
In September 2013, the ABS released Industrial Disputes, Australia, Jun 2013 (cat. no. 6321.0.55.001), which presents statistics on the number of industrial disputes, employees involved, working days lost and working days lost per 1,000 employees in disputes involving stoppages of work of 10 working days or more. This information can be cross classified by state, industry, cause of dispute, working days lost per employee involved and reason work resumed.
The survey results show that in June quarter 2013, there were 61 disputes, six more than in the March quarter 2013. The number of employees involved in industrial disputes in the June quarter 2013 was 10,900, a decrease from 46,900 in the March quarter 2013, There were 20,300 working days lost due to industrial disputation in the June quarter 2013, a decrease from 52,100 in the March quarter 2013.
Microdata: Pregnancy and Employment Transitions
In August 2013, the ABS released a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) for the November 2011 Pregnancy and Employment Transitions Survey. The CURF enables users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data on the employment transitions of birth mothers of a child under two years of age living with them at the time of interview in November 2011. For more information see Microdata: Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia, Nov 2011 (cat. no. 4913.0.55.001).
In August 2013, the ABS released Labour Mobility, Australia, February 2013 (cat. no. 6209.0), which provides information about people aged 15 years and over who had worked at some time during the year ending February.
The survey results show that approximately 2 million people ceased a job during the 12 months to February 2013, representing 16 per cent of those who worked at some time during the 12 month period. The proportion of people who had ceased a job during that period decreased by one percentage point from 2012, or by nearly 120,000 people.
The 2013 release contains revised 2010 and 2012 data. A different weighting method was used in 2010 and 2012, and as a result 2010 and 2012 data has been revised to allow comparison over time.
Average Weekly Earnings
In August 2013, the ABS released Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2013 (cat. no. 6302.0), which contains estimates of average weekly ordinary time earnings and average weekly total earnings for full-time adult employees and average weekly total earnings for all employees, classified by sector and state or territory and by industry at the Australia level, for males, females and persons.
The survey results show that in the twelve months to May 2013, full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings increased by 5.3% to $1,420.90. In May 2013, the full-time adult average weekly total earnings were $1,482.50, a rise of 4.9% and all employees average weekly total earnings were $1,105.00, a rise of 4.9% from the same time last year.
Wage Price Index
In August 2013, the ABS released Wage Price Index, Australia, June 2013 (cat. no. 6345.0), which contains indexes measuring changes in the price of wages and salaries in the Australian labour market.
The survey results shows that in June 2013 wages growth continued to slow. The private sector, public sector and all sectors through the year rises were below 3.0%. The public sector quarterly rise of 0.3% was smaller than the private sector rise of 0.5%. In the public sector, the quarterly rise was the smallest since the June quarter 2004. The all sectors quarterly rise of 0.4% is the equal smallest rise ever recorded in the Wage Price Index series.
Australian Labour Market Statistics
In July 2013, the ABS released Australian Labour Market Statistics, July 2013 (cat. no 6105.0), which contains annual supplementary measures of labour underutilisation and employment type, as well as analysis of contemporary labour market issues.
This page first published 11 December 2012, last updated 27 September 2013