Employee Earnings and Hours provides statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings, hours paid for and methods used to set employees' pay in Australia. It is one of a suite of ABS statistics providing information about earnings in Australia. The data are collected via the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH), conducted biennially with a May reference period. It was postponed from May 2020 to May 2021, due to the labour market impacts and disruption from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will continue it's biennial cycle from 2021. Collecting data directly from employers (at the individual employee level) produces estimates that can be classified by a variety of both employee and employer characteristics.
Earnings statistics sourced from EEH are used to inform industrial relations and wages policies as well as in social and economic analysis. Occupation specific estimates are used in pay negotiations and wage compensation cases.
A key strength of EEH is that it allows for measures of hourly earnings to be derived for non-managerial employees and for managerial employees where there was a link between earnings and hours paid for. Hourly earnings measures are useful for comparisons between groups who may work different weekly hours.
The purpose of this article is to provide a guide for users of EEH by explaining:
- How the data are collected
- What statistics are produced
- Key data available
- Things to consider when using the data.