6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 Quality Declaration 
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Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905. This ensures that confidentiality is maintained while enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with CURFs can be found on the About CURF Microdata page.

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The May 2014 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) produces estimates of the composition and distribution of employee earnings, the hours they are paid for, and the methods used to set their pay (i.e. award only, collective agreement, or individual arrangement).

The May 2014 EEH data are a key element of labour market information. The principal objective is to facilitate the analysis and monitoring of economic aspects of the Australian labour market. The survey is the only source of earnings and hours data by various methods of setting pay.

The May 2014 EEH CURF contains many data items available from the survey, with the main exception being States and Territories. Some of the key data items on the CURF include:

  • Weekly earnings - Ordinary time, Overtime, Amounts salary sacrificed, and Total earnings (available as continuous variables);
  • Hours paid for - Ordinary time, Overtime, and Total hours paid for (available as continuous variables);
  • Methods of setting pay;
  • Rate of pay (i.e. adult, junior, apprentice or trainee, and disability);
  • Age;
  • Employee characteristics - e.g. Sex, Full-time/Part-time status, Managerial status, Occupation (available at the 1, 2 and 3 digit ANZSCO level); and
  • Business characteristics - Industry (available at the 1 digit ANZSIC level) and Employer unit size.

For further details on the content of the CURF, please see the data item list.


The reference period for the most recent Employee Earnings and Hours Survey was the last pay period ending on or before 16 May 2014. Results from the survey were released on 22 January 2015 in the publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 (cat. no. 6306.0).

EEH CURFs from the 2006, 2010 and 2012 surveys are also available.


The May 2014 EEH CURF generally contains finer levels of detail of data items than what is otherwise published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 (cat. no. 6306.0). For more information on the level of detail provided, see the associated data item listings available from the data item list.

Steps to confidentialise the microdata are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link CURF confidentiality.


The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been conducted either annually or biennially since 1975. Since 1996 the survey has been conducted biennially. The conceptual framework used for this survey and key changes made to it since 1974 are described in Chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001) is a key source of information when using the CURF. It includes survey objectives, content, methods and design; data quality and interpretation; output data items; information about the availability of results; and the content of the CURF file.

Further information about the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is available in the Explanatory Notes and Technical Note in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014 (cat. no. 6306.0) and in Chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata products are only available to approved users. Access can be applied for through MiCRO. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

A full list of all available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

Any queries regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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