6305.0 - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Preliminary, May 2002
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2002
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Four out of five employees have pay set by individual or collective agreement
In May 2002, four out of five employees had their pay set either by an individual agreement (42%) or a collective agreement (37%), according to preliminary results from the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The other 21% of employees had their pay set at the award rate without reference to an individual or collective agreement.
Individual agreements and collective agreements were most prevalent in the higher skilled occupation groups, such as Managers and administrators (almost 100% of employees in this group in May 2002), Professionals (92% of employees) and Associate professionals (93%).
For the lower skilled occupation groups, such as Elementary clerical, sales and service workers and Labourers and related workers, a relatively high proportion of employees had their pay set at the award rate without reference to individual or collective agreements (42% and 34% respectively).
More than half (51%) of all private sector employees had their pay set by individual agreements. The other half were evenly split between those whose pay was set at the award rate (25%) and those whose pay was set by collective agreements (24%). Collective agreements set the pay for the majority of public sector employees (89%).
Other findings from the survey include:
Further details are available in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Preliminary, May 2002 (cat. no. 6305.0).
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