Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership

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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey collects information about employee's weekly earnings, employment benefits and trade union membership.

    PURPOSE

    The collection of a range of socio-demographic and labour force characteristics makes the datasets produced from the survey extremely valuable for comparing and analysing the distribution of both weekly earnings and employment benefits across employees. Data are used in the development and review of wages and labour market policies, and in wage negotiation processes. Data on employment benefits are used to monitor the level of non-wage costs in employment. The survey is the only reliable source of data on the distribution of trade union members by socio-demographic and labour force characteristics.

    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.

    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

    The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey covers persons aged 15 years and over who worked in their main job for an employer for wages or salary or in their own incorporated enterprise. It provides information about the weekly earnings and employment benefits received by employees, and trade union membership.

    Main outputs
    Results of the survey including data tables and analysis were released in publication format, and include the following:

    Weekly Earnings in all jobs of Full-time and Part-time Workers

    • Mean weekly earnings all jobs
    • Weekly earnings in all jobs of full-time and part-time workers

    Weekly Earnings of Employees in Main Job
    • Mean weekly earnings of full-time and part-time employees in main job, by sex, by selected characteristics
    • Selected characteristics of full-time and part-time employees in main job
    • Weekly earnings of employees in main job, by hours paid
    • Weekly earnings of employees in main job by permanent and casual status
    • Weekly earnings of employees in main job by occupation and sector
    • Weekly earnings of employees in main job by industry

    Weekly earnings of Full-time Employees in Main Job
    • Weekly earnings of full-time employees in main job by age by sex
    • Weekly earnings of full-time employees in main job by size of location by sex

    Weekly Earnings of Multiple Job holders

    • Weekly earnings of multiple jobholders who were employees in both jobs

    Source of Supperannuation Coverage in Main Job

    • Weekly earnings and Industry

    Employment Benefits in Main Job

    • Standard benefits received by employees in main job by selected characteristics
    • Full-time and part-time employees and type of benefits received
    • Type of benefits received by employees in main job by whether permanent or casual employee and sector
    • Type of benefits received by employees in main job by age by sex
    • Type of benefits received by employees in main job by industry
    • Type of benefits received by employees in main job by occupation
    • Source of superannuation coverage of full-time and part-time employees by sex by selected characteristics

    Trade Union Membership
    • Selected characteristics of trade union members, August 1993 to August 1999
    • Selected characteristics of trade union members by full-time and part-time status in main job
    • Trade union membership by industry by sex
    • Trade union membership by age by whether parent of children under 15 years
    • Trade union membership by industry by whether permanent or casual employee
    • Trade union membership by occupation by whether permanent or casual
    • Mean weekly earnings of employees by trade union membership and full-time or part-time status in main job by selected characteristics

    Populations
    • State or territory of usual residence
    • Mean weekly earnings in main job by state or territory of usual residence

    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
    Annually

    Frequency comments



    COLLECTION HISTORY

    First conducted 1998.

    The survey incorporates data that was previously collected in three separate surveys:

    • Employee earnings & Hours
    • Employment benefits
    • Trade Union membership

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments
    Publication Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6310.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    19/04/2002 01:10 PM