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Wages and Earnings
Statistics and Data Sources
 


KEY STATISTICS AND DATA SOURCES

The ABS conducts a number of household and business surveys that are relevant to those interested in wages and earnings in Australia. The most commonly used estimates of wages/earnings are available in the Average Weekly Earnings Survey.

Survey of Average Weekly Earnings (six monthly)
The Survey of Average Weekly Earnings is designed to provide a frequent measure of the level of earnings, and for this reason represents the ABS' headline measure of average earnings. The survey measures average gross weekly earnings of employees in Australia. Estimates of average weekly earnings, and changes in average weekly earnings, are produced every six months. Data is cross classified by sector and state and territory, and by industry at the Australia level, for males, females and persons.
Summary results are published in Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0).

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, and whether their pay is set by award, collective agreement or individual arrangement. This information is used to provide comprehensive statistics about earnings and hours paid for, for various groups of employees classified by industry, occupation and pay setting methods.
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. Separate estimates are produced for earnings in main, second and all jobs held by employees; and earnings distributions.
Summary results published in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidential Unit Record File (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007).

Wage Price Index (quarterly)
The Wage Price Index measures changes in the price of labour services resulting from market pressures, and is unaffected by the quality or quantity of work performed. Four wage price indexes are constructed and published quarterly, i.e. ordinary time hourly rates of pay excluding and including bonuses and total hourly rates of pay excluding and including bonuses.
Results are published in Wage Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6345.0).


OTHER STATISTICS AND DATA SOURCES

Survey of Employment and Earnings (annual)
The Survey of Employment and Earnings provides estimates of gross earnings and number of public sector employees by level of government by state.
Summary results are published in Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia (cat. no. 6248.0.55.002).

Survey of Major Labour Costs (irregular)
The Survey of Major Labour Costs produces statistics on the main costs incurred by businesses as a consequence of employing labour, including employee earnings, employer payments for superannuation, workers' compensation, payroll tax and fringe benefits tax.
Summary results are published in Labour Costs, Australia (cat. no. 6348.0).

Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (six-yearly)
The Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation collects detailed information about the diversity of employment arrangements in Australia, as well as the characteristics of retirement and the superannuation coverage of individuals. Data can be cross-classified by a number of demographic and labour force characteristics. The survey was most recently conducted in 2007.
Summary results are published in Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia (cat. no. 6361.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6361.0.55.001).

Survey of Income and Housing (two-yearly)
The Survey of Income and Housing collects detailed information on sources of income, amounts received, housing and household characteristics and personal characteristics.
Summary results are published in Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 6523.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidential Unit Record File (cat. no. 6540.0).





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