6602.0 - Microdata: Longitudinal Labour Force, Australia, 2008-10 Quality Declaration 
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This data item details whether someone is working as an independent contractor or not.

Independent contractors are persons who operate their own business and who contract to perform services for others without having the legal status of an employee (i.e. persons who are engaged by a client). Independent contractors are engaged under a contract for services (a commercial contract), whereas employees are engaged under a contract of service (an employment contract).

Independent contractors' employment may take a variety of forms, for example, they may have a direct relationship with a client or work through an intermediary. Independent contractors may have employees, however they spend most of their time directly engaged with clients or on client tasks, rather than managing their staff.

This item is not collected in the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is derived from the supplementary survey Forms of Employment, Australia (FOES, cat. no. 6359.0), which is collected every November from the employed people from seven-eighths of the LFS sample.





Population:Employed in
7/8th sample

Not employed / Not applicable
Independent contractor
Not an independent contractor
Not collected / Only collected in November

Related Information

Forms of Employment, Australia (FOES): Conceptual Framework (cat. no. 6359.0)
Forms of Employment, Australia (FOES): Form of employment (cat. no. 6359.0)
Forms of Employment, Australia (FOES): Glossary - Independent contractors (cat. no. 6359.0)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 21.3 Forms of Employment (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)
Labour Force, Australia: Understanding Labour Force (cat. no. 6202)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 3. Employment (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)

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