6150.0.55.003 - Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates, September 2018 Quality Declaration 
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11 December 2018
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Half of the recent increase in jobs were secondary jobs

The number of jobs that where filled in Australia increased by 0.3 per cent in the September quarter of 2018, with around half of the increase being secondary jobs, according to new labour market insights released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Nearly one third (30 per cent) of the increase in secondary jobs this quarter was in the administrative and support services, with the next largest contribution coming from accommodation and food services industry (29 per cent).

“Accommodation and food services is the fourth largest industry in the economy in terms of secondary jobs. Only administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and education and training industries have more secondary jobs than the accommodation and food services industry,” said Mr Hockman, Chief Economist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Graph showing secondary jobs by industry in June 2018 and September 2018

Job vacancies in the September 2018 quarter slowed to 0.4 per cent, after five consecutive quarters of over 3 per cent growth. Despite this slowing, the measure of job vacancies as a proportion of total jobs remains at a record high of 1.7 per cent.

Further details can be found in Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates (cat. no. 6150.0.55.003). These are available for free download from www.abs.gov.au.

Media note:
  • The Australian Labour Account provides a comprehensive picture of the labour market by complementing other ABS measures. It allows the analysis of both main and secondary jobs providing a rich picture of the dynamics of the labour market.
  • The Australian Labour Account complements other ABS measures to build a more comprehensive picture of the labour market. Labour Account data provides the number of filled jobs at a point-in-time each quarter, while the Jobs in Australia data provides insights into all jobs held throughout the year, and Labour Force Survey data measures the number of people employed each month
  • When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
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