6342.0 - Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2009 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/05/2010   
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This publication presents information about the working arrangements of employees in their main job, such as shift work, extra hours or overtime, and start and finish times. It also presents information about the patterns of employees' work in all jobs. This information can be cross-classified by characteristics such as hours worked, industry and occupation, and demographic characteristics.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from data collected in the Working Time Arrangements Survey, conducted throughout Australia in November 2009 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).


Information for the data item, 'Whether compensated for extra hours or overtime worked' presented in the 2006 publication was collected for employees who usually worked unpaid extra hours or overtime. This has been replaced with the data item, 'Whether usually worked extra hours or overtime and how compensated for overtime worked'. Information for this item was collected from employees who usually worked any extra hours or overtime, regardless of whether it was paid or unpaid.

Additionally in 2006, only employees who did not usually work the same number of hours of work each week received questions about whether they were guaranteed a minimum number of hours of work each week. In 2009, all employees were asked whether they were guaranteed a minimum number of hours of work each week.

The data item, 'Whether had a formal system of working flexible hours' presented in the 2006 publication has been replaced with 'Whether had an agreement with employer to work flexible hours' in this publication.

The data items, 'Whether usually worked any hours between 7pm and 7am in all jobs' and 'Whether usually worked extra hours or overtime' presented in the 2006 publication are not available in the 2009 publication as this information was not collected in November 2009.

An additional data item has been presented in the 2009 publication. This item is 'Whether usually worked shift work and type of shift usually worked'.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206, <labour.statistics@abs.gov.au>.