Employment Benefits

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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The Employment Benefits survey provides information on the forms of remuneration (other than usual pay) received by employees and other conditions of employment. The scope of this supplementary survey is the same as that used for the Labour Force Survey (usually resident civilian population aged 15 and over); except that it was restricted to persons who were employees in their main job, excluding persons who worked solely for payment in kind.

    Information on standard demographic and labour force characteristics, number/type/source of employment benefits and details of specific types of benefits (e.g. low-interest finance, housing, telephone, study transport) are collected.

    PURPOSE

    Planners in both the public and private sectors use the data to assist in planning for the provision of essential services and facilities or to predict changes in demand. Employment Benefits data provide a basis for monitoring the development of a core/periphery division in the labour market. It is also used as an indicator of the level of non-wage costs in employment.

    SCOPE

    This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.

    Scope - Labour Force Survey

    The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:

    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

    From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.

    Scope - Employment Benefits:

    The scope of this survey is the same as that used for the Labour Force Survey except that it is restricted to persons who were employees in their main job, excluding persons who worked solely for payment in kind and students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for the handicapped), and inmates of prisons are further excluded from this survey.

    From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.

    Coverage - Labour Force Survey

    In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.

    Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    This topic provides information on the forms of remuneration (other than usual pay) received by employees and other characteristics of their employment.

    Main outputs
    Results of the Employment Benefits Survey including tables and analysis are released in Publication format -

    TABLES -
    ALL EMPLOYEES IN MAIN JOB (including employees attending school) -

    • Selected benefits, full-time and part-time employee and sex
    • Superannuation coverage and sex

    EMPLOYEES IN MAIN JOB (excluding employees attending school) -
    • Type of benefit received, full-time and part-time employee and sex, time series
    • Selected characteristics, standard and special benefits and sex

    TYPE OF BENEFIT RECEIVED-
    • Full-time and part-time employee and sex
    • Full-time and total employee, industry, sector and sex
    • Full-time and part-time employee, occupation and sex
    • Age and sex
    • Full-time and part-time employee, permanent and casual employee and sex
    • Full-time and total employee, whether a member of a trade union and sex

    FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE IN MAIN JOB -
    • Weekly earnings and sex
    • Size of location and sex

    Classifications

    Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.

    Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).

    Occupation: Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition (ASCO SE).

    Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    1. National & State/Territory\1.01 Australia
    1. National & State/Territory\1.02 All States & Territories
    2. Parts of State\2.12 Other Geographic Areas\2.12.03 Part of State Metropolitan
    2. Parts of State\2.12 Other Geographic Areas\2.12.04 Part of State-Extra Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not all data available for all areas.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Other

    Frequency comments

    Initial cycle - February to May 1979.

    Annually from August 1983 to August 1992.

    Two-yearly from August 1992

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    Initial cycle - February to May 1979.

    Annually from August 1983 to August 1992.

    Two-yearly from August 1992 and as such, results were not published in August 1993. However, in alternate years information on receipt of the standard benefits is still collected.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Publication Employment Benefits, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6334.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    19/04/2002 01:11 PM