6333.0 - Characteristics of Employment, Australia, August 2016 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/05/2017
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Information presented on independent contractors comprises persons who were 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 2016. Almost three quarters (72%) 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 (16%). These industry divisions also had the most male independent contractors (40% and 14% respectively). By comparison, the Professional, scientific and technical services industry division had the most female independent contractors (21%) followed by Health care and social assistance (20%). (Datacube 15)
Source(s): Characteristics of Employment, Australia, August 2016
The occupation groups with the highest number of independent contractors were Technicians and trades workers (27%) and Professionals (24%). These occupation groups also employed the highest proportions of male independent contractors (36% and 19% respectively). In contrast, for female independent contractors, the occupation groups with the highest proportions were Professionals (38%) followed by Clerical and administrative workers (18%).
Other characteristics of independent contractors include:
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