6150.0.55.003 - Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates, March 2019 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/06/2019   
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Analysis

Trend

In trend terms the total number of jobs in Australia increased by 92,100 (or 0.6%), made up of 3,700 job vacancies and 88,400 filled jobs.

Filled jobs in Australia grew by 0.6% in the March quarter 2019, following a 0.7% rise in the December quarter 2018. Filled jobs grew 2.7% through the year in trend terms.

The number of main jobs grew by 86,500 (an increase of 0.7%) while secondary jobs grew by 2,000 (an increase of 0.2%) in the March quarter 2019.

The total number of employed persons increased by 0.7% to 13.2 million in the March quarter 2019.

The total number of hours actually worked increased by 0.8% to 5.4 billion hours and the total labour income increased by 1.1% to $251,593 million.

Seasonally adjusted

Jobs

Filled jobs in Australia grew by 0.2% in the March quarter 2019, following a 1.3% rise in the December quarter 2018. Filled jobs grew 2.8% through the year in seasonally adjusted terms.

The total number of jobs in Australia increased by 34,000 (or 0.2%), made up of 2,600 job vacancies and 31,500 filled jobs.

The number of main jobs grew by 69,600 (an increase of 0.5%), while secondary jobs fell by 38,200 (a decrease of 3.8%) in the March quarter 2019.

Graph 1: Filled jobs


Persons

The total number of employed persons increased by 0.7% to 13.2 million in the March quarter 2019.

There were 677,800 unemployed persons in the March quarter 2019, an increase of 16,100 persons from December quarter 2018.

There were 1,068,700 underemployed persons in the March quarter 2019, a decrease of 47,300 persons from December quarter 2018.


Graph 2: Employed persons


Volumes

The total number of hours actually worked increased by 0.8% to 5.4 billion hours; and the total number of hours paid increased 0.8% to 5.7 billion hours.

Graph 3: Hours actually worked

Payments

Total labour income increased by 1.3% to $251,246 million.

Total compensation of employees increased by 1.3% to $228,563 million, and labour income from self-employment increased by 1.1% to $22,683 million.

Over the same period, total labour costs increased by $3,382 million (1.3%) to $266,778 million.

Ratios

Average income per person increased by 0.5% to $18,998 in the March quarter 2019.

Average hours worked per job increased by 0.6% to 378 hours. Average hours worked per job is the hours actually worked divided by all filled jobs.

Average labour cost per hour paid remained the same at $46.

Graph 4: Average income per employed person, by industry, March quarter 2018 and March quarter 2019

Graph 5: Average hours actually worked per job, by industry, March quarter 2018 and March quarter 2019

Graph 6: Average labour cost per hour paid, by industry, March quarter 2018 and March quarter 2019