6359.0 - Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2010 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2011
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One in ten workers are independent contractors
There were 1.1 million people who were independent contractors in their main job in November 2010, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This represented 9.8% of all employed persons and was an increase from 1.0 million (9.6% of employed persons) in November 2009.
In November 2010, one in ten (10%) independent contractors worked seven days a week, compared with 4% of employees. Independent contractors were more likely than employees to work both weekdays and weekends (39% of independent contractors compared with 30% of employees).
Independent contractors worked longer hours than employees: almost a quarter (24%) worked 49 or more hours a week (compared with 12% of employees).They were also more likely to be on call or stand-by than employees (36% compared with 23%). Independent contractors were twice as likely as employees to have their hours vary each week (46% compared with 23%).
Independent contractors tended to be older than employees, with more than half (53%) of independent contractors aged over 45, compared with just over one-third (35%) of employees. Independent contractors also tended to be with their current employer/business longer than employees: almost two-fifths (38%) of independent contractors had been with their current employer for 10 or more years, compared with one-fifth (20%) of employees.
Other findings from the survey included:
More details are available in Forms of Employment, Australia, November 2010 (cat. no. 6359.0).
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