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Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia

Experimental weekly estimates on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on employee jobs and wages, sourced from Single Touch Payroll data

Reference period
Week ending 4 April 2020
Released
21/04/2020

Key statistics

Between the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case) and the week ending 4 April 2020:

  • Employee jobs decreased by 6.0%; and
  • Total wages paid decreased by 6.7%.

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Between the week ending 28 March 2020 and the week ending 4 April 2020:

  • Employee jobs decreased by 5.5%, compared to a decrease of 0.5% in the previous week
  • Total wages paid decreased by 5.1%, compared to a decrease of 1.3% in the previous week

Jobs and wages by state and territory

Since the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case), the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Tasmania decreased by 7.3% and Victoria decreased by 6.8%
  • Total wages: Northern Territory decreased by 17.6% and Victoria decreased by 8.8%
     

Between the week ending 28 March 2020 and the week ending 4 April 2020, the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Victoria decreased by 6.0%, and Tasmania and New South Wales both decreased by 5.7%
  • Total wages: Victoria decreased by 6.3% and the Northern Territory decreased by 6.1%
     

Table 1 - Percentage changes by states and territories

 Change in employee jobs between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in employee jobs between 14 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 14 March and 4 April
NSW
-5.7%
-6.4%
-5.7%
-6.1%
Vic.
-6.0%
-6.8%
-6.3%
-8.8%
Qld
-4.6%
-5.0%
-3.4%
-5.6%
SA
-5.3%
-5.2%
-2.2%
-2.2%
WA
-5.6%
-5.2%
-4.8%
-6.3%
Tas.
-5.7%
-7.3%
-5.7%
-7.5%
NT
-5.4%
-4.8%
-6.1%
-17.6%
ACT
-4.8%
-5.5%
-5.3%
-5.7%
Australia
-5.5%
-6.0%
-5.1%
-6.7%

Jobs and wages by sex

Since the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case):

  • Employee jobs: Those worked by females decreased by 5.9% and those worked by males decreased by 5.8%
  • Total wages: Payments to females decreased by 7.0% and payments to males decreased by 6.4%
     

Between the week ending 28 March 2020 and the week ending 4 April 2020:

  • Employee jobs: Those worked by females decreased by 5.7% and those worked by males decreased by 5.1%
  • Total wages: Payments to males and females both decreased by 5.1%
     

Table 2 - Changes by sex

 Change in employee jobs between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in employee jobs between 14 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 14 March and 4 April
Males
-5.1%
-5.8%
-5.1%
-6.4%
Females
-5.7%
-5.9%
-5.1%
-7.0%
All persons
-5.5%
-6.0%
-5.1%
-6.7%

Jobs and wages by age group

Since the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded it 100th confirmed COVID-19 case), the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Those worked by people aged under 20 decreased by 9.9% and those worked by people aged 70 and over decreased by 9.7%
  • Total wages: Payments to people aged under 20 decreased by 12.7% and payments to people aged 20-29 decreased by 9.1%
     

Between the week ending 28 March 2020 and the week ending 4 April 2020, the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Those worked by people aged 70 and over decreased by 8.5% and those worked by people aged under 20 decreased by 8.1%
  • Total wages: Payments to people aged 70 and over decreased by 8.7% and payments to people aged under 20 decreased by 6.8%
     

Table 3 - Changes by age group

 Change in employee jobs between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in employee jobs between 14 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 14 March and 4 April
Aged under 20
-8.1%
-9.9%
-6.8%
-12.7%
20-29 years olds
-7.5%
-8.8%
-6.0%
-9.1%
30-39 years olds
-5.2%
-5.5%
-5.3%
-6.5%
40-49 years olds
-4.3%
-4.3%
-5.0%
-6.2%
50-59 years olds
-3.8%
-3.8%
-4.1%
-5.5%
60-69 years olds
-4.0%
-4.0%
-3.8%
-5.7%
70 years and over
-8.5%
-9.7%
-8.7%
-6.3%
All persons
-5.5%
-6.0%
-5.1%
-6.7%

Jobs and wages by industry

Between the week ending 14 March 2020 (the week Australia recorded its 100th confirmed COVID-19 case) and the week ending 4 April 2020, the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Accommodation and food services decrease by 25.6% and Arts and recreation services decreased by 18.7%
  • Total wages: Accommodation and food services decreased by 30.1% and Arts and recreation services decreased by 15.7%
     

Between the week ending 28 March 2020 and the week ending 4 April 2020, the largest changes were:

  • Employee jobs: Accommodation and food services decreased by 18.9% and Arts and recreation services decreased by 13.1%
  • Total wages: Accommodation and food services decreased by 17.7% and Professional, scientific and technical services decreased by 9.7%
     

Table 4 - Changes by industry

 Change in employee jobs between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in employee jobs between 14 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 28 March and 4 AprilChange in total wages between 14 March and 4 April
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
-5.6%
-4.8%
-6.4%
-3.5%
Mining
-8.1%
-8.4%
-8.1%
-9.5%
Manufacturing
-3.3%
-4.3%
-1.1%
-5.9%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services
-1.3%
-1.1%
0.1%
-1.9%
Construction
-4.0%
-5.3%
-4.3%
-3.6%
Wholesale trade
-4.4%
-4.6%
0.5%
-0.2%
Retail trade
-4.1%
-2.7%
-3.5%
-7.6%
Accommodation and food services
-18.9%
-25.6%
-17.7%
-30.1%
Transport, postal and warehousing
-2.2%
-3.0%
-3.4%
-5.2%
Information media and telecommunications
-5.9%
-6.8%
-6.6%
-7.3%
Financial and insurance services
-3.2%
-3.2%
-8.9%
-7.8%
Rental, hiring and real estate services
-6.9%
-8.0%
-7.7%
-8.5%
Professional, scientific and technical services
-7.1%
-7.9%
-9.7%
-8.4%
Administrative and support services
-7.0%
-7.5%
-5.9%
-5.8%
Public administration and safety
-2.6%
-3.0%
-2.2%
-4.9%
Education and training
-1.7%
-0.1%
-3.6%
-0.7%
Health care and social assistance
-4.7%
-2.5%
-4.7%
-8.0%
Arts and recreation services
-13.1%
-18.7%
-9.1%
-15.7%
Other services
-7.0%
-7.6%
-3.7%
-4.5%
All industries
-5.5%
-6.0%
-5.1%
-6.7%
 
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Table 1: National spotlight

Table 2: State and territory spotlight

Table 3: Industry spotlight

Table 4: Employee jobs and wages indices

History of changes

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21/04/2020 - Graph titles within Table 2: State and Territory Spotlight updated