6306.0 - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/02/2007   
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20/04/2007 The estimates in tables 5 and 21 of the publication and tables 3 and 4 of the datacubes have changed as a result of correcting errors relating to the compilation of estimates presented in these tables. Estimates presented in other tables of the publication and datacubes are not affected.

08/03/2007 Table 10: Methods of setting pay, average weekly total cash earnings and hours paid for of non-managerial employees - States and territories has been reissued due to an incorrect table title. The data in this table is for all non-managerial employees, not non-managerial adult employees as is currently specified in the datacube. The correct table title is "Table 10. Methods of setting pay, Average Weekly Total Cash Earnings (a) and Hours Paid For, Non-managerial employees - States and territories". This reissue does not affect any other part of the product release for catalogue 6306.0.


This publication contains estimates obtained from a sample survey of employers conducted in respect of May 2006.

The survey is designed to provide statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings and hours paid for and how their pay is set.


The measure of employee earnings for estimates in this publication is regular wages and salaries in cash (including amounts salary sacrificed), that is, cash earnings. The estimates have been produced in accordance with the revised conceptual framework for measures of employee remuneration, as outlined in Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration (cat. no. 6313.0). This differs from estimates provided in previous publications of this series in that amounts salary sacrificed by employees, that were previously excluded, have now been included in estimates of ordinary time cash earnings and total cash earnings.

Estimates of earnings from the May 2004 and May 2002 Employee Earnings and Hours surveys have been reproduced on the new conceptual basis and selected series are available on the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au>.

Occupation data presented in this publication are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) First Edition, and differ from previous survey data which were based on the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition. Data based on ASCO are available in the electronic data release accompanying this publication. For further information, see paragraphs 20 and 21 of the Explanatory Notes.


Estimates of employees covered by the various pay setting methods, their associated pay outcomes, and the jurisdiction with which their individual or collective agreements have been certified, approved or registered have been compiled based on the workplace relations environment prior to the introduction of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005, which came into effect in March 2006. Indicative data on the jurisdictional coverage of employees in the post-reform environment will be provided in an upcoming article in Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

Care should be taken when comparing estimates of average weekly earnings in this publication with those published quarterly in Average Weekly Earnings, Australia (cat. no. 6302.0) because of differences in the earnings concept being measured, methodological differences between the two surveys and differences in the two samples used. For more information see paragraph 30 of the Explanatory Notes.


In addition to the information contained in this publication, a range of unpublished data is available on request. For more information refer to Appendix 2 on page 47.


For information on sampling error refer to the Technical Note on page 49.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Joana Soares on Perth (08) 9360 5305.