6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia Quality Declaration 
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This document was added or updated on 15/12/2020.

Quality declaration

Institutional environment

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours microdata includes the following products:

    • TableBuilder - produce your own EEH tables and graphs
    • DataLab - analyse detailed microdata

To maintain confidentiality, microdata files must meet the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

More information on confidentiality practices can be found at:
For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


The 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).

EEH data contributes as 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 paid for data by various methods of setting pay.

Some of the key data items available from EEH microdata include:
    • Weekly earnings - ordinary time, overtime, and total earnings (available as continuous variables)
    • Hours paid for - ordinary time, overtime, and total hours paid for (available as continuous variables)
    • Method of setting pay
    • Rate of pay - adult, junior, apprentice or trainee, and disability
    • Age
    • Employee characteristics - sex, full-time/part-time status, managerial status, occupation (available at the 1, 2, 3 and 4 digit ANZSCO level)
    • Employer characteristics - industry, state, and employment size

For further details on the content of EEH microdata products, please see the data item list on the Downloads tab.


The reference period for the most recent EEH survey was the last pay period ending on or before 18 May 2018. Results from the survey were released on 22 January 2019 in the publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2018 (cat. no. 6306.0).


EEH microdata products contain finer level data than the publication for the corresponding cycle. For more information on the level of detail provided, see the associated data item listings available from the Downloads tab.

Steps to confidentialise the microdata are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness and accuracy 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. For further information on microdata confidentiality, refer to How the ABS keeps your information confidential.


The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been conducted either annually or biennially since 1975. From 1996 to 2018 the survey has been conducted biennially. The conceptual framework used for this survey and key changes over time are described in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001) is a key source of information when using EEH microdata. It includes:
    • Details on available microdata products
    • Available data
    • User information for TableBuilder and DataLab

Further information about the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is available in the latest release; Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2018 (cat. no. 6306.0) and in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata products are only available to approved users. Users wishing to access microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page before applying for access. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

The Compare Access Options page contains general information on different types of microdata product access. A full list of available microdata can be viewed via Available Microdata.

For further information, contact information is available on the Microdata contacts page.

The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.

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