6359.0 - Forms of Employment, Australia, Aug 1998
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ABS survey offers new insight into Australian jobs
According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today most people who were employed in August 1998 expected their job to last more than one year. Of the 8,395,800 people employed, 2% were working on a fixed-term contract ending within 12 months, and a further 10% did not expect to be with their employer or business in 12 months.
The survey also found that most employed people (58%) had worked for their current employer or business for 3 years or more, while 21% had been in their job for less than a year. On average, people in different forms of employment had spent different lengths of time in their jobs. Most (56%) of those managing their own business had worked in that business for 6 years or more. This compares to only 10% of those who considered their job to be casual.
In August 1998 there were 1,486,900 people who considered their job to be casual. The majority (61%) of these casuals were female. Almost three quarters (72%) of casuals worked part-time compared to about a quarter (26%) of all employed people. Some 29% of casuals worked in the retail trade industry and a further 13% in the accommodation, cafes and restaurants industry.
Other findings from the survey include:
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