6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 Quality Declaration 
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the May 2014 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH). The microdata is made available through a Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. The CURF is accessible through the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL).

The RADL is a secure on-line database query system, under which microdata are held on a server at the ABS. Users of the RADL can submit programs in SAS, SPSS and STATA software to interrogate and analyse the microdata, and access the results.

The ABSDL is the data analysis solution for high-end data users who want to extract full value from ABS microdata. The ABSDL provides a more responsive and interactive environment in which to analyse CURFs than that offered by the RADL. The ABSDL is available to approved clients in a secure data laboratory in any ABS state or territory office.


The EEH survey is conducted every two years and designed to provide detailed statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings, hours paid for and the methods used to set employees' pay. Information is collected from a sample of employers about characteristics of both the employers (such as industry and sector) and their employees (such as occupation, type of employee, and method of setting pay). This information is used to provide comprehensive statistics about earnings and hours paid for, for various groups of employees, classified by for example industry, occupation or pay setting method. Estimates from the survey were published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 (cat. no. 6306.0) on 22nd January 2015, which is available on the ABS website.

A number of changes were introduced in May 2014 to data items collected about employees. These included:

  • The item Adult/Junior employee was modified, and further categories included. The new item 'rate of pay' has the following categories: adult rate; junior rate; apprentice or trainee rate; and disability rate;
  • The actual age of the employees was collected for the first time in 2014. Prior to this, the information on age was collected only as 'under 18 years', '18 years and under 21 years' and '21 years and over'; and
  • Hours paid for data were requested for all employees, including Upper level managers and Owner managers of incorporated enterprises (collectively referred to as Managerial employees). Prior to this, hours paid for data was collected only for non-managerial employees. Despite this change, hours paid for could not be provided for Managerial employees where there was no relationship between earnings and hours. As a result, data for hours paid for and hourly cash earnings have only been produced for employees with a link between earnings and hours.


An Expanded CURF is available via the RADL and ABSDL. Expanded CURFs allow more detail to be presented for some data items, for example, industry and occupation.

Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing CURFs in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in this product and the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs.


To apply for access, register and apply through MiCRO, by clicking the green button below.

click here to apply for microdata


Further information about the survey and the microdata products can be found in the various pages associated with this product, including:
    • A detailed list of data items for the Expanded CURF available on the Downloads tab;
    • The Quality Declaration, Abbreviations and Glossary relating to these products can be found on the Explanatory Notes tab.


For further support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on (02) 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


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