6150.0.55.003 - Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates, December 2018 Quality Declaration 
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ANALYSIS

TREND ESTIMATES

In trend terms the total number of jobs in Australia increased by 108,069 (or 0.8%), made up of 5,234 job vacancies and 102,835 filled jobs.

Filled jobs in Australia grew by 0.7% in the December quarter 2018, following a 0.7% rise in the September quarter 2018. Filled jobs grew 2.8% through the year in trend terms.

The number of main jobs grew by 70,982 (an increase of 0.5%) while secondary jobs grew by 31,853 (an increase of 3.3%) in the December quarter 2018.

The total number of employed persons increased by 0.5% to 13.1 million in the December quarter 2018.

The total number of hours actually worked increased by 0.6% to 5.3 billion hours, and the total labour income increased by 1.1% to $248,645 million.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES

Jobs

Filled jobs in Australia grew by 1.1% in the December quarter 2018, following a 0.4% rise in the September quarter 2018. Filled jobs grew 2.8% through the year in seasonally adjusted terms.

Graph 1: Filled jobs


The total number of jobs in Australia increased by 162,779 (or 1.1%), made up of 4,874 job vacancies and 157,905 filled jobs.

The number of main jobs grew by 98,882 (an increase of 0.8%), while secondary jobs grew by 59,023 (an increase of 6.1%) in the December quarter 2018.

Persons

The total number of employed persons increased by 0.5% to 13.1 million in the December quarter 2018.

There were 661 thousand unemployed persons in the December quarter 2018, a decrease of 9 thousand persons from September quarter 2018.

There were 1,119 thousand underemployed persons in the December quarter 2018, an increase of 43 thousand persons from September quarter 2018.


Graph 2: Employed persons


Volumes

The total number of hours actually worked increased by 0.6% to 5.3 billion hours; and the total number of hours paid increased 0.4% to 5.7 billion hours.

Graph 3: Hours actually worked

Payments

Total labour income increased by 0.9% to $248,348 million.

Total compensation of employees increased by 1.0% to $226,071 million, and labour income from self-employment increased by 0.4% to $22,277 million.

Over the same period, total labour costs increased by $2,385 million (0.9%) to $263,612 million.

Ratios

Average income per person increased by 0.4% to $18,940 in the December quarter 2018.

Average hours worked per job decreased by 0.6% to 376 hours.

Average labour cost per hour paid remained the same at $46.


Graph 4: Average income per employed person, By industry, December quarter 2017 and december quarter 2018
Average hours worked per job is the hours actually worked divided by all filled jobs.

Graph 5: Average hours actually worked per job, By industry, December quarter 2017 and december quarter 2018

Graph 6: Average labour cost per hour paid, By industry, December quarter 2017 and december quarter 2018