6310.0 - Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, Aug 2008 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/04/2009
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1 in 5 employees are trade union members: ABS
In August 2008, 1.8 million employees (19%) were trade union members in their main job according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The proportion of employees with trade union membership remained unchanged between August 2007 and August 2008.
The ABS also found that a higher proportion of public sector employees (42%) were trade union members when compared with private sector employees (14%), as were full-time employees (21%) compared with part-time employees (15%). The state with the highest proportion of employees who were trade union members was Tasmania (25%), while the lowest was Western Australia (14%).
Earnings in main job
Employees earned an average of $948 per week in their main job. Mean weekly earnings were $1,160 for full-time employees and $428 for part-time employees. Full-time female employees earned, on average, $1,005 compared with $1,246 for full-time male employees. Just over half (55%) of full-time male employees earned $1,000 or more per week compared with 40% of female employees.
Other findings on weekly earnings in main job included:
Almost 1 in 4 employees* (24%) were not entitled to either paid holiday or paid sick leave in their main job. The age groups with the highest proportion of employees* without paid holiday or paid sick leave entitlements were 15-19 year olds (66%) and those aged 65 and over (47%).
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