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Hours worked (ranges) (HRWRP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates the number of hours worked in ranges by the employed person in all jobs during the week prior to Census night. This excludes any time off but includes overtime and extra time worked.

In standard Census products the data is generally published in ranges. Hours worked are also produced in single hours in Hours worked (HRSP).

Scope

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Categories

CodeCategory

00

0 hours

01

1-9 hours

02

10-19 hours

03

20-29 hours

04

30-34 hours

05

35-39 hours

06

40-44 hours

07

45-49 hours

08

50-59 hours

09

60-69 hours

10

70 hours or more

&&

Not stated

@@

Not applicable

VV

Overseas visitor

Number of categories:  14

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Unemployed persons
  • Persons not in the labour force
  • Persons with Labour force status (LFSP), not stated
  • Persons aged under 15 years                                         

Question(s) from the Census form

Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?

    Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?
    Last week, how many hours did Person 1 work in all jobs?

    Add any overtime or extra time worked and subtract any time off.

    More information

    Hours worked
      Additional information relating to the question on: Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?
      Last week, how many hours did Person 1 work in all jobs?

      Add any overtime or extra time worked and subtract any time off.

      More information

      Include all hours the person worked for all jobs, even if those hours are not the hours they usually work.

      Include any overtime and hours spent working at home.

      Do not include time off work, for example, sick leave or annual leave.

      If the person did not work any hours, please enter '0'.

      How this variable is created

      Data for this variable is captured automatically from written numeric responses, or the 'None' mark box on the paper form. Outlying values are checked manually to ensure that they match the actual response on the form. The data may include a small proportion of persons with an unusual number of hours worked, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.

      History and changes

      The question relating to Hours worked was first asked in the 1966 Census. In 1971, 1976 and since 1996, the hours worked question has focused on hours worked in all jobs held in the week prior to the Census.

      The Hours worked (ranges) variable was first introduced for the 2011 Census. Since 2016, the 'None' mark box from the question was removed from the online version of the Census form. 

      For 2021, the output categories (ranges) for this variable have been updated to align with the Standards for labour force statistics, 2018. There are now more categories available.  

      Data use considerations

      Information on hours worked, classified by industry and occupation, allows changes in the labour force to be analysed. It also enhances the use of Journey to Work data for transport studies.

      Hours worked, when used in combination with Labour force status (LFSP), provides information on full-time and part-time employment. For Census purposes, a person is considered to be working full-time if they worked 35 hours or more in all jobs during the week prior to Census night.

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