Earnings and work hours
Industrial Disputes, Australia
In the March quarter 2021
- 24 disputes occurred.
- 2,700 employees were involved and 19,200 working days lost.
- disputes occurred in 6 industries and in 6 states and territories.
During the year ended March 2021, there were 79 disputes and a total of 48,800 working days lost.
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia
Estimates for average weekly ordinary time earnings for full-time adults (seasonally adjusted):
- Increased by 3.2% to $1,711.60 annually to November 2020.
- Males: $1,970.90 (public), and $1,770.30 (private).
- Females: $1,762.00 (public), and $1,475.50 (private).
- 2.3 million casual employees (22% of employees, 18% of all employed), down from 2.6 million in Feb 2020.
- 20% of employees didn't have minimum guaranteed hours, up from 19% in Aug 2014.
- 1.0 million independent contractors (8.2% of employed).
- 3% of employees were registered with a labour hire firm/employment agency.
Trade union membership
- 14% of employees (1.4 million) were trade union members.
- Since 1992, the proportion of employees who were trade union members has fallen from 40% to 14%.
- The Education and Training industry (31%) and the Professionals occupation (21%) had the highest trade union membership.
Characteristics of Employment, Australia
- Median employee earnings have increased $50 (4.5%) to $1,150 per week since Aug 2019.
- 2.3 million casual employees (22% of employees), down from 2.6 million (24%) in Feb 2020.
- 1.0 million independent contractors (8.2% of employment).
- 14.3% of employees (1 million) were trade union members, down from 40% in 1992.
Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia
- Median weekly earnings were $1,110 for all employees, $1,463 for full-time employees and $577 for part-time employees.
- Individual arrangements was the most common method of setting pay (41.1%), followed by collective agreements (37.9%) and award only (21.0%).
- 563,600 people had a work-related injury or illness (4.2% of people who worked at some time during the year).
- The most common cause of injury or illness was 'Lifting, pushing, pulling or bending' (24.2%).
- 60% had time off as a result of the injury or illness.
- 27% received workers compensation for the injury or illness.
2017-18 financial year