6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, August 2015 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2016
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Information presented on independent contractors consists of persons who may be employees, owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIEs) and owner managers of unincorporated enterprises (OMUEs).
There were just over 1 million persons who were independent contractors in August 2015. Almost three quarters (73%) of all independent contractors were males. More than half (55%) of all independent contractors were aged 45 years and over. (Datacube 14)
The Construction industry Division had the most independent contractors (30%) followed by the Professional, scientific and technical services industry Division (17%). These industry Divisions also had the most male independent contractors (40% and 15% respectively). By comparison, the Professional, scientific and technical services industry Division had the most female independent contractors (19%) followed by Health care and social assistance (16%).
The occupation groups with the highest proportion of independent contractors were Technicians and trades workers (27%) and Professionals (25%). These occupation groups also employed the highest proportions of male independent contractors (35% and 20% respectively). In contrast, for female independent contractors, the occupation groups with the highest proportions were Professionals (36%) followed by Clerical and administrative workers (16%).
Other characteristics of independent contractors include:
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