6102.0.55.001 - Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Jun 2005  
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INTRODUCTION

20.12.1 This survey was first conducted in July 1997 and again in July 2001. It collected information on the labour force status and other characteristics of people who had been retrenched or made redundant in the three year period prior to 30 June in the survey year. The ABS does not plan to conduct this survey again.

20.12.2 Results from the survey provide information on the employment consequences of structural change in the economy, and are used for policy development and planning of services to workers who have been retrenched or made redundant.

20.12.3 This section describes only those aspects of the methodology that are unique to this survey, and hence should be used in conjunction with the overview part of this chapter, which outlines the survey methodology used in supplementary surveys.



SURVEY OUTPUT

20.12.4 Data from the survey were published in Retrenchment and Redundancy, Australia (cat. no. 6266.0). More detailed data are available on request.

20.12.5 Data from the survey relate to people aged 18 to 64. The main population of interest was people who had been retrenched or made redundant in the three years to 30 June
in the survey year. Estimates are available on an original basis only (i.e. not seasonally adjusted) and include:

Socio-demographic information
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Sex, age, marital status, relationship in household, family, geographic region, educational attainment, birthplace and year of arrival in Australia.
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People who had held a job in the three years prior to 30 June 1997
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Current labour force status, number of times retrenched in three years prior to 30 June 1997.
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People who had been retrenched in the three years prior to 30 June 1997
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Details of job most recently retrenched from including occupation, industry, full-time or part-time status, permanent or casual status, sector, and duration of employment; details of the retrenchment including reasons for retrenchment and whether given notice; and details of advice sought after retrenchment including agencies visited, assistance provided, whether attending an educational institution, and current labour force status.
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People who had been retrenched in the three years prior to 30 June 1997 and currently employed
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Details of main job including occupation, industry, full-time or part-time status, sector, permanent or casual status; and differences between current job and job retrenched from including whether changed occupation, whether changed industry, and whether changed full-time or part-time status.
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People who had been retrenched in the three years prior to 30 June 1997 and currently unemployedType of work sought (full-time or part-time), duration of current period of unemployment, active steps to find work, whether would move if offered a suitable job, difficulties experienced finding work, offers of employment, number of spells of looking for work, and total time spent looking for work in previous 12 months.


20.12.6 Data collected in the survey are compiled according to concepts and definitions outlined in
Chapter 2 (Currently economically active population), Chapter 3 (Employment), Chapter 4 (Employment measures and classifications), Chapter 6 (Unemployment) and Chapter 15 (Other classifications used in labour statistics).


SCOPE

20.12.7 The scope of this survey is restricted to persons aged 18 to 64. The standard scope restrictions for supplementary surveys outlined in the overview part of Chapter 20 also apply to this survey.


DATA COMPARABILITY OVER TIME

20.12.8
In order to provide a high degree of consistency and comparability over time, changes to survey methods, survey concepts, data item definitions, frequency of collection, and analysis methods are made as infrequently as possible. Over the time the survey was conducted there were some changes to the scope and sample size. These changes mean that the standard errors for the survey differ over time. The effect on estimates of the changes in scope is considered to have been small. Changes affecting the Labour force Survey may also have affected this survey. Such changes are outlined in Chapter 19 and are not repeated here.


FURTHER INFORMATION

20.12.9 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.

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