ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
The statistics in this release were compiled from the Characteristics of Employment (COE) Survey conducted throughout Australia in August 2016 as an annual supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Questions were asked of all employed persons except for those who worked as contributing family workers in their main job.
This release presents information about estimates of all employed persons in August 2016. Data are presented on the weekly earnings of employees and owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIEs), independent contractors, trade union membership and working arrangements, including overwork, job flexibility, and working patterns. This information is cross classified by a range of personal characteristics, characteristics of employment such as full-time or part-time status, industry and occupation of main job, and demographic characteristics.
Caution should be exercised when comparing results from the 2016 COE survey to previous surveys such as Forms of Employment (FOE) (2008–2013) and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (EEBTUM), as the populations in this release are not directly comparable.
For comparisons of earnings data, prior to 2014 users should use the population group 'Employees' from EEBTUM and from 2014 the population group 'Employees and OMIEs' from COE.
To minimise the risk of identifying individuals in aggregate statistics, a technique is used in this release to randomly adjust cell values. This technique is called perturbation. Perturbation involves small random adjustment of the statistics and is considered the most satisfactory technique for avoiding the release of identifiable statistics while maximising the range of information that can be released. These adjustments have a negligible impact on the underlying pattern of the statistics. After perturbation, a given published cell value will be consistent across all tables. However, adding up cell values to derive a total will not necessarily give the same result as published totals.
Characteristics of Employment 2016 microdata will be available via TableBuilder (cat. no. 6333.0.0.001). For more information see About TableBuilder.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.