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Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods was originally released in 2001 in both electronic and paper versions (cat. no. 6102.0). The paper publication will not be rereleased. However, the web version (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) is being updated on an ongoing basis. This chapter was updated on 15 December, 2005.
In addition, persons wanting to work may withdraw from job search because they believe jobs are not available (discouraged job seekers - see Chapter 7 for further information on this topic). Departures from the labour force may be either temporary or permanent.
10.3 The surveys outlined below examine subsets of entries to and/or exits from the labour force in detail.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: TRANSITION FROM EDUCATION TO WORK
10.4 Data on the transition from education to work are collected in the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Transition from Education to Work Survey. Information collected includes estimates of numbers of persons entering the labour force after leaving educational institutions, including those who have found work. For more information on this topic refer to Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0).
10.5 Information on the labour force status of migrants is collected in the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants Survey. Results are published in Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0). For more information refer to this publication.
10.6 In addition to information contained in the Labour Force Survey supplementary survey, the ABS also publishes statistics on net overseas migration in Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0). For this collection, migrants are defined as permanent residents of Australia (i.e. they have permanent resident status) who were not born in Australia. For more information on the collection refer to the publication listed above.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT INTENTIONS
10.7 Information on retirement from work is collected, from persons aged 45 years or over, in a supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Retirement and Retirement Intentions Survey. The following definitions apply to this survey:
10.8 For more information on data available from this survey or the collection methodology used refer to Chapter 21.11.
OTHER DATA SOURCES
10.9 Other sources of labour statistics related to labour force entry and exit that have been discussed in previous chapters are outlined below. For more information on these statistics please refer to the chapters referenced.
LABOUR MARKET DYNAMICS
10.10 Most labour statistics focus on points in time (for example the size and structure of the labour force). Statistics on labour market dynamics focus on changes over time, and relate mainly to the experiences of individuals, both in and out of the labour force.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: LABOUR MOBILITY
10.11 The purpose of the supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Labour Mobility Survey, is to provide information on job mobility and job tenure. The survey collects information from persons who worked at some time during the previous 12 months and is a major source of data for analysing the dynamic nature of the labour force. For more information on data availability and collection methodology refer to Chapter 21.7.
10.12 Data on the career experiences of employees are collected in a supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Career Experience Survey. Data collected includes details of current job, changes in jobs, and breaks away from work for six months or more. For more information, refer to Chapter 21.1.
SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY: RETRENCHMENT AND REDUNDANCY
10.13 Information on persons affected by retrenchment and redundancy and their subsequent labour force outcomes is collected in an irregular supplement to the Labour Force Survey, the Retrenchment and Redundancy Survey. See Chapter 21.12 for more information on the content and methodology of this survey.
OTHER DATA SOURCES
10.14 Other sources of labour statistics related to labour market dynamics that have been discussed in previous chapters are outlined below. For more information on these statistics please refer to the chapters referenced.
10.15 Detailed information on superannuation provision and income is collected in the Special Social Survey, the Survey of Employment Arrangements and Superannuation. Information on employers' contributions to superannuation funds on behalf of their employees is also collected in the ABS business survey, the Labour Costs Survey.
SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS AND SUPERANNUATION
10.16 Information collected includes: details of the type of superannuation coverage people have; the levels of contributions; reasons for not contributing to superannuation; superannuation account balances; and the amounts of and uses of lump sums received from superannuation. The following definitions apply to this survey:
Personal or spouse and employer or business contributions
Employer or business contributions only
Has superannuation, but no contributions being made
Has no superannuation
Receiving income from superannuation or annuities or has received a lump sum
10.17 For more information on the content and methodology of this survey, refer to Chapter 23.
LABOUR COSTS SURVEY
10.18 The Labour Costs Survey collects information on employers' superannuation contributions as a component of total labour costs. Information collected relates only to employer-funded contributions; contributions by employees are excluded. Readers should note that due to the different funding arrangements adopted in the public and private sectors, estimates of superannuation are not directly comparable between the sectors - see Chapter 12 for further information. Chapter 28 provides more information on the content and methodology of this survey.
10.19 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.