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Contributing family workers
People who work without pay, in an economic enterprise operated by a relative.
Refers to the employer/business which the person had in the week before the interview. Where the person had more than one employer/business, the employer/business for which most hours were usually worked, was regarded as the current employer/business.
Did not change employer/business
For this publication, mainly refers to people who were employed at February 2008 for less than 12 months, and did not work with a different employer/business in the previous 12 months. People who were working at February 2008 for one year or more could also be considered to have not changed employer/business, but are not included in data items in this survey.
Different employment type
See 'Change in employment type'.
See 'Change in industry'.
See 'Change in occupation'.
Different usual hours worked
See 'Change in usual hours'.
Duration of last job
The period from the commencement of the last job up to the time the person ceased working in that job.
Duration with employer/business at February 2008
The period between the commencement with the current employer/business and the week before the interview.
People aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
People who work for a public or private employer and receive remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee from their employer while working on a commission basis, tips, piece rates, or payment in kind, or people who operate their own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees.
Employer/business at February 2008
See 'Current employer/business'.
People who operate their own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade, and hire one or more employees.
Classifies employed people according to the following categories on the basis of their main job (that is, the job in which they usually worked the most hours):
An industry is a group of businesses or organisations that undertake similar economic activities to produce both goods and services. In this publication, industry refers to ANZSIC Division as classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), Second Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0).
People who ceased a job voluntarily, because:
People who ceased a job involuntarily, because:
The last job in which employment ceased during the reference period.
Level of highest educational attainment
Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is not a measurement of the relative importance of different fields of study but a ranking of qualifications and other educational attainments regardless of the particular area of study or the type of institution in which the study was undertaken. See Appendix 1 for an explanation of how highest level is derived.
Level of highest non-school qualification
Non-school qualifications are awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. They include qualifications at the Post Graduate Degree level, Master Degree level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level, Bachelor Degree level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. Non-school qualifications may be attained concurrently with school qualifications.
Main English-speaking countries
The list of main English-speaking countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. These countries comprise the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America.
The job in which the most hours were usually worked.
People who were either 'unemployed' or 'not in the labour force' as defined.
Not in the labour force
People who were not in the categories ‘employed’ or ‘unemployed’ as defined.
Not working at February 2008
See 'Not Employed'.
An occupation is a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in their title and tasks, skill level and skill specialisation which are grouped together for the purposes of classification. In this publication occupation refers to Major Group as defined by ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat.no.1220.0).
Own account workers
People who operated their own unincorporated economic enterprise or engaged independently in a profession or trade, and hired no employees.
People who work in their own business, with or without employees, whether or not the business is an incorporated enterprise. Comprises owner managers of incorporated enterprises and owner managers of unincorporated enterprises.
Owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIE)
People who worked in their own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company). These people are classified as employees under 'status in employment'.
Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises
People who operated their own unincorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity in which the owner and the business are legally inseparable, so that the owner is liable for any business debts that are incurred. Includes those engaged independently in a trade or profession. These people are classified as employers under 'status in employment' if their business has employees, or own account workers if it does not.
See 'Last job'.
A permanent increase in wage or salary and an increase in responsibility or complexity of work. Temporary promotions, acting and temporary higher duties are excluded.
The 52 weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview.
The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.
People who ceased their last job because they were either:
Status in employment
Employed people classified by whether they were employees, employers, own account workers, or contributing family workers.
A change of position without a change in either the level of responsibility or wages or salary. Both employer-initiated and employee-initiated transfers are included.
People aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
Usual hours worked
The number of hours usually worked.
With paid leave entitlements
The entitlement of employees (excluding OMIEs) to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their current job. People employed in their own business or who were contributing family workers were not asked questions about paid leave entitlements.
Without paid leave entitlements
Employees (excluding OMIEs) who were not entitled to paid holiday leave and paid sick leave, or did not know whether they were entitled to paid sick leave and paid holiday leave in their current job.
Worked at some time during the year ending February 2008
For practical reasons it was not possible to include all of the questions from the Labour Force Survey for previous periods. People who were either currently employed, or reported having worked for an employer or in their own business at some time in the previous year, were defined as having worked at some time during the year ending February 2008.
Working at February 2007
For practical reasons it was not possible to include all of the questions from the Labour Force Survey for previous periods. Therefore, people who reported that they had a job or business one year ago were defined as working at February 2007.
Working at February 2008
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