This topic records the number of hours worked in all jobs during the week before Census Night, by employed people aged 15 years and over, and is used to derive full-time/part-time status. Information on hours worked, classified by industry and occupation, is required by labour market economists to analyse changes in the labour force within small geographic regions and for small groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants, sole parents and specific age groups.
A question relating to the number of hours worked by employed people has been asked in each Census since 1966 but has been varied over that time because in some Censuses only the main job was included, and in others all jobs were included. Since the 1996 Census, the question has referred to all jobs rather than being restricted to the main job, providing greater comparability with data from other sources. From the 2001 Census onwards, respondents have been asked to write in the actual number of hours worked in all jobs thereby providing more detailed information.
The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.