6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia Quality Declaration 
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Using TableBuilder

TableBuilder User Guide

The TableBuilder User Guide provides you with information about how to create basic tables, custom groups, graphs and large tables. It also includes practical examples and video tutorials.


When tabulating data in TableBuilder, employee weights are automatically applied to the underlying sample counts for all summations. Weighting is the process of adjusting results from a sample survey to infer results for the total population. For more details on EEH methodology see Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2018(cat. no. 6306.0).

Relative Standard Errors

The estimates in the EEH survey are based on information relating to a sample of employers and employees, rather than a full enumeration of the population. As a result, estimates are subject to sampling variability. Analysis undertaken on EEH estimates should incorporate appropriate quality measures which are available in the form of Relative Standard Errors (RSEs).The RSE is the expression of the standard error as a percentage of the estimate.

By default, RSEs are not displayed alongside TableBuilder estimates. It is highly recommended these be toggled on by selecting "Options > Relative Standard Error > Summation + RSE" to ensure the quality dimensions of the relevant estimates are visible and considered.

Image: Visual representation of the process of toggling on Relative Standard Errors to ensure they appear alongside produced estimates.

Further information on the reliability of EEH estimates can be found in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2018 (cat. no. 6306.0).


Due to technical limitations, the following caveats apply when using TableBuilder to generate EEH medians:

    • Medians should be generated using the preset "Median" summation option.
    • Associated RSEs for medians are inflated by an approximate factor of 10. Reducing median RSEs by a factor of 10 should provide a reliable indicator of the quality of the estimates. This only applies to medians and does not impact the use of associated RSEs for other estimates generated within EEH TableBuilder.
    • DO NOT use the "Range > Quantile" summation option to generate quantiles (i.e. median, quartile, quintile, decile) and associated RSEs. Quantiles cannot be produced accurately within EEH TableBuilder and are unreliable, therefore should not be generated.


A confidentiality process called perturbation is applied to the data in TableBuilder to avoid releasing information that may lead to the identification of individuals, families, households, dwellings or businesses. See confidentiality in the TableBuilder user guide.

Distributional statistics and other data

The Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2018 (cat. no. 6306.0) publication contains detailed data cubes, including distributional earnings statistics. For customised data requests that can't be created using TableBuilder, contact our Information Consultancy Service.

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