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LABOUR FORCE (RESPONDENT/CURRENT PARTNER)
The following persons were excluded from the definition of being employed persons and were classified under the category of unemployed:
Persons not in the labour force were those aged 18 and over who were not employed or unemployed, as defined above.
For the majority of employment related items, data relates to the respondent's main job. For respondents who had more than one job at the time of the interview, main job was defined as the paid job in which they usually worked the most hours.
Information from the selected respondents (and their current partner, where applicable) was collected using the short-form version of the questions used in the ABS Monthly Labour Force Survey.
Respondents were requested to provide as much employment details about their current partner as possible. However, where ‘don’t know’ or ‘refusals’ were provided for any employment details of the current partner, they were output to ‘Not known/Refusal’ for these data items. Current partners were not approached to provide their own details.
Labour force status
The labour force full-time/part-time status item is categorised as:
This question refers to the working or payment arrangements of the respondent in their current main job. The response categories collected were:
The output data item does not include unpaid voluntary work or unpaid trainee work, as people who respond to these categories are not considered employed.
Refers to reported hours usually worked (in all jobs) per week by the selected respondent. Hours in single units are recorded and are available for output. Standard groupings of hours are:
Duration of unemployment
Persons who were unemployed at the time of the survey, were asked to provide the date they began looking for work, and date they last worked in a job. Dates can be specified in one of the following ways:
Duration of job search refers to the period of time from when a person began looking for work (or ceased employment) to the date of interview. For persons who began looking for work while still employed, the item refers to the period from the time the person last worked until the date of interview.
The item ‘Duration of job search’ is output as both a continuous variable, measured in completed weeks and a categorical variable, grouped into the following periods:
Information on 'Number of weeks since last worked' was also available separately for selected respondents classified as unemployed.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are contained within the SPS Level – Employment tab in the data item list which is available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads tab of this product.
Data for this topic has been collected to provide further analytical possibilities around the relationship between labour force and characteristics of people who experience violence. Current partner data for this topic can be used to provide further analytical possibilities about understanding the experiences and nature of domestic violence, including the characteristics of the victim and the perpetrator.
Data from this topic should not be used to only produce population estimates of labour force statistics. This data should only be used in conjunction with other data related to experiences of violence collected in this survey.
Points to be considered in interpreting for this topic include the following:
COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUS SURVEYS
Labour force in the 2016 PSS is considered to be generally comparable with the Women's Safety Survey 1996 and the 2005 and 2012 PSS. However note that prior to 2012 people who worked less than 1 hour were classified as employed, whereas from 2012 onwards they are classified as unemployed or not in the labour force.
Note: Care should be taken when making comparisons with the 2016 items 'duration of unemployment' and 'time since last worked'. This is due to PSS now asking for when the respondent last worked, whereas in 1996, 2005 and 2012, PSS collected data for when the respondent last worked for 2 weeks or more.
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