6342.0 - Working Arrangements, Australia, Aug 1997
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/02/1998
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Greater flexibility in working arrangements
Employees' working arrangements are becoming more flexible, according to an August 1997 survey of employees released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Findings indicating more flexible working arrangements include:
Other key findings of the survey relating to working arrangements were a decrease in those entitled to a Rostered Day Off (28 per cent to 23 per cent), and the number of employees reporting that they regularly work paid or unpaid overtime remained relatively steady (33 per cent compared to 34 per cent).
In other survey findings, some 1.3 million employees (19 per cent) had an absence of at least three hours, in the two weeks prior to the survey. Three quarters of these employees were paid for their most recent absence. The most common reasons reported for absences were 'own ill health, physical disability or pregnancy' (53 per cent) and 'recreational purposes' (22 per cent).
Nearly 2 million employees (28 per cent) had children aged under 12 years in August 1997. Of these, 361,000 (19 per cent) had an absence of at least three hours in the two weeks prior to the survey. A higher proportion of females with children aged under 12 years reported 'caring for ill or disabled children' as the main reason for the absence from work (15 per cent compared to 4 per cent of males).
Details are in Working Arrangements, Australia, August 1997 (cat. no. 6342.0) available from ABS Bookshops.
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