Status in employment (SIEMP)
This variable defines a person’s employment status for the main job held in the week prior to Census Night.
If a person's status in employment cannot be determined as an owner manager of an incorporated or unincorporated enterprise, responses are categorised to 'Not stated'.
Employed persons aged 15 years and over
|2||Owner manager of incorporated enterprise with employees|
|3||Owner manager of incorporated enterprise without employees|
|4||Owner manager of incorporated enterprise - employees not stated|
|5||Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise with employees|
|6||Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise without employees|
|7||Owner manager of unincorporated enterprise - employees not stated|
|8||Contributing family worker|
Number of categories: 11
Not applicable (@) category comprises:
- Persons aged under 15 years
- Persons who are unemployed
- Persons with Labour force status (LFSP) not stated
- Persons not in the labour force
See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.
Question(s) from the Census form
Last week, did the person have a job of any kind?
In the main job held last week, was the person: Working for an employer; Working in own business
Was the person’s business: Unincorporated; Incorporated (e.g. Pty Ltd)
This question is only applicable for people aged 15 years and over who responded with 'Working in own business' to the previous question, 'In the main job last week, was the person: Working for an employer; Working in own business?'
Does the person’s business employ people?
This question is only applicable for people aged 15 years and over who responded with 'Working in own business' to the question, 'In the main job last week, was the person: Working for an employer; Working in own business?'
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from responses to several questions on the Census form. Data is captured automatically from mark box responses.
History and changes
Status in employment (SEIMP) was first introduced in 2016 to replace Employment type (EMTP) which was discontinued. This variable collects the same information at a more detailed level on whether the incorporated or unincorporated enterprise is with or without employees.
No changes have been made for 2021.
Data use considerations
A number of regions across the country were in various stages of lockdown on Census day, and the week preceding it, resulting in a greater number of people being temporarily stood down on Census day. Guidance on how to correctly respond was provided at the time on the Census website, as follows:
If you were employed in the four weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to lockdown or requirement to self-isolate, please select 'Yes, but absent on holidays, on paid leave, on strike or temporarily stood down'.
Unlike most Census variables, the non-response rate for Status in employment (SIEMP) is not affected by persons who did not return a Census form because this variable is only applicable to persons with a labour force status of 'employed'. Persons who do not respond or have a labour force status of 'Not stated' are not applicable to Status in employment (SIEMP).
The non-response rate for Status in employment (SIEMP) was 0.6% in 2021. This is a decrease from 1.0% in 2016.
Related variables and glossary terms
- Labour force status and hours worked not stated (LFHRP)
- Labour force status (LFSP)
- Contributing family worker