LEED links jobs to employers; hence employed persons are linked to employers via the jobs they hold.
Before the linkage takes place, an input job level file is created largely based on the PAYG payment summary file. This file is also enhanced with job records derived using ITR information, to cover jobs without payment summary information, such as OMUE jobs. Data quality of this file is also enhanced using occupation information from ITR, and the best available age, sex, and geographic information between the PAYG, ITR and CR data.
Jobs are then integrated with the employer in one of two methods. The method used is dependent on which part of the business population on the ABS Business Register the employer is grouped into.
- Non-profiled population (businesses with a simple structure): a deterministic approach using the Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Profiled population (businesses with a complex structure): a more detailed approach to linking is used, detailed below.
Where an employer is part of the profiled population, the relevant jobs are assigned to the type of activity units based on a logistic regression model developed using 2016 Census data. The model references independent variables common to both Census and personal income tax data, including sex, age, occupation, and region of usual residence. These are used to predict the industry of employment, which conceptually aligns to a type of activity unit.
Where an employee has multiple job relationships with the same reporting ABN in an enterprise group, each job relationship is assigned to the same type of activity unit.
Based on the model, each job record is assigned a probability of being in any of the type of activity units present in the employing enterprise group. Iterative random assignment is undertaken using these probabilities until employment benchmarks are met. Benchmarks are based on Quarterly Business Indicators Survey (QBIS) data where unit is in scope. Otherwise, BLADE employment levels are substituted where possible, or no benchmarking is done.
The above process is applied to link the different input datasets for each financial year. Records have not been integrated across years and therefore, the LEED is a cross-sectional database and is not longitudinal.
ABS data integration practices comply with the High-Level Principles for Data Integration Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes. For further information see - Keeping integrated data safe.