This article includes information on casual employment, occupation and industry. It follows previous similar articles during the COVID period, including Insights into Industry and Occupation (in May 2020), Insights into casual employment, occupation and industry (in Nov 2020) and Charts on casual employment, occupation and industry (in May 2021).
The main indicator the ABS uses for casual employment is whether an employee is entitled to paid leave, which includes paid sick leave or paid annual leave. These entitlements are usually reserved for non-casual or permanent employment. Other measures of casual employment can be found in Working Arrangements.
Industry and occupation information in the article refers to a person’s ‘main job’ and are collected in the Labour Force Survey in February, May, August and November.
Over the COVID period, hours worked and employment have been impacted by a series of lockdowns and other restrictions. This was again evident in August 2021, and changes over time and across industries and occupations are explored below.