4940.0 - Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 10-15 June 2020  
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Job status

Key findings

  • Three in five Australians aged 18 years and over (61%) had a job working paid hours in mid-June.

Current job status

The survey collected information on the current (mid-June) job status of all respondents, and whether their job situation had changed in the previous two weeks.

Respondents were asked simple questions about changes to their job situation, rather than the full suite of employment-related questions included in the ABS’ Labour Force Survey (see Questionnaires Used in the Labour Force Survey (cat. no. 6232.0)). The results of this survey are, therefore, not directly comparable to Australia’s official Labour Force measures. The Margin of Error (MoE) on these estimates are around seven times greater than Labour Force statistics (the Labour Force Survey sample is around 50 times larger). More information about measuring the labour market impacts of COVID-19 can be found here.

Table 2 shows the self-reported job status of Australians aged 18 years and over covering the period early-March to mid-June.

Table 2: Persons aged 18 years and over, Self-reported job status

Early March
(1st survey cycle)
Early April
(1st survey cycle)
Mid-April
(2nd survey cycle)
Early May
(3rd survey cycle)
Mid-May
(4th survey cycle)
Late May
(5th survey cycle)
Mid-June
(6th survey cycle)

%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Has a job
66.2
63.4
63.6
64.2
63.2
63.0
64.6
Working paid hours
64.0
55.8
56.6
59.0
58.7
59.1
61.1
Not working paid hours
2.2
7.6
7.0
5.3
4.5
3.8
3.5
Does not have a paid job(a)
33.8
36.6
36.4
35.8
36.8
37.0
35.4

Footnote: (a) Includes all people without a job and should be considered only a loose approximation for the combined “unemployed” and “not in the labour force” groups.

The survey found that three in five Australians aged 18 years and over (61%) had a job working paid hours in mid-June. This was the first time since early March that the estimated proportion of Australians who had a job working paid hours rose above 60%.

The proportion of people who reported they had a job but were not working paid hours steadily decreased from 7.6% in early April to 3.5% in mid-June.

The results of the most recent Labour Force Survey, with data in respect of the first two weeks of May, collected over a three-week period from 10 May to 30 May, can be found using the following link: Labour Force, Australia, May 2020 (cat. no. 6202.0).