ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the distribution of weekly earnings of employees, their entitlement to paid leave (paid holiday, paid sick, paid long service and paid maternity/paternity leave), superannuation contributions made by employer on behalf of employee, and trade union membership. This information can be cross-classified by a range of personal characteristics such as age, sex and country of birth, and by characteristics of employment such as full-time or part-time status, industry and occupation of main job.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (EEBTUM) Survey conducted throughout Australia in August 2009 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Questions were asked of all employees in their main job except for those who worked solely for payment in kind in their main job.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The 2009 Employee Benefits module of the EEBTUM survey was redeveloped to better capture information on current employment benefits received in the last 12 months, including transport to and from work, communication and/or IT devices and child care, as well as salary sacrifice arrangements. For more information, see paragraph 30 of the Explanatory Notes.
Additional data items on employees' educational qualifications, as well as 'Whether paid a set amount or by the hour', 'Whether usually works paid or unpaid extra hours or overtime', and 'Whether paid full adult rate of pay', are also presented in the 2009 publication. For more information, see paragraph 31 of the Explanatory Notes.
A new population, 'Employees who were trade union members', is included in the 2009 publication. This population provides information about employees who were members of a trade union, not necessarily in connection with their main job. For more information, see paragraph 33 of the Explanatory Notes. Also included are new data items on trade union membership. These are 'Trade union membership', 'Length of current trade union membership', 'Duration since previously a trade union member' and 'Previous trade union membership'.
Some data items presented in the 2008 publication are no longer included in the 2009 publication. For more information, see paragraph 32 of the Explanatory Notes.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Statistics Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.