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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
In the twelve months to May 2020, Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings increased by 4.8% to $1,713.90.
The Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Total Earnings in May 2020 was $1,771.20, a rise of 4.3% from the same time last year.
To access the time series spreadsheets related to the measures presented above, please refer to the downloads tab at the top of the page.
From 22 March 2020, Australia saw the progressive introduction of major social distancing and other business-related restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most of these restrictions were still in effect during the Average Weekly Earnings reference period for the quarter (the last pay period ending on or before Friday 15 May 2020). May estimates therefore reflect the outcome of major compositional change in the labour market during the COVID-19 period. For more information, see Spotlight: Increases in Average Weekly Earnings.
SUSPENSION OF TREND ESTIMATES
Given the extent of change in the Average Weekly Earnings time series during the COVID-19 period, the ABS has temporarily suspended trend series and moved to using forward factors for seasonal adjustment for a range of series. For more information, please refer to: Spotlight: Average Weekly Earnings survey methods during the COVID-19 period.
SURVEY RESPONSES REMAIN HIGH IN MAY
Responses for the Average Weekly Earnings May 2020 quarter remained high, with similar levels of responses to previous quarters. The ABS would like to thank the Australian business community for their continued support in responding to our surveys during such a difficult time, given how critically important this information is.
NEW ABS WEBSITE IN 2020
The ABS will be launching a new website later in 2020. A Beta version of the new ABS website was released in March. The new website aims to provide an improved customer experience through presenting and organising our statistics in a way that is easier to find, understand and use, with improved accessibility, navigation and search features.
As part of the move to a new ABS website, we've been exploring new ways to deliver labour statistics, including developing prototypes for:
We welcome any feedback on these Key labour market indicator and Labour Force prototypes. Feedback can be provided via the 'Leave feedback' button at the end of the page, or by emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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