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Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia

Payroll jobs and wages estimates, sourced from Single Touch Payroll (STP) data

Reference period
Week ending 12 March 2022
Released
7/04/2022

Key statistics

Between the weeks ending 26 February 2022 and 12 March 2022:

  • Payroll jobs, up 0.2%
  • Total wages, down 0.7%

This release includes an article presenting maps of regional payroll job changes in the month to mid-March, in New South Wales and Queensland.

Revisions

This release sees higher than usual revisions in December 2021, as the 16 week imputation retention threshold passes through this period. These revisions mostly reflect the removal of previously imputed records, with the receipt of more complete data. Users should exercise caution when referring to estimates around this period.  

National

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022:

  • Payroll jobs increased by 0.2%, compared to a decrease of 0.8% in the previous fortnight
  • Total wages paid decreased by 0.7%, compared to a decrease of 1.0% in the previous fortnight
Percentage change in payroll jobs and total wages
In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
Payroll jobs0.2%-0.6%0.3%
Total wages-0.7%-1.7%5.2%

Estimates of changes throughout this release are calculated using un-rounded index values. They may be different from, but are more accurate than, movements obtained from the rounded index values.

  1. Indexed to the week ending 14 March 2020.
  2. Payroll jobs and wages data during June and July see a greater variation in business payroll reporting around the end of financial year. For more information, see Variation in revisions in Data variability and revisions

State and territory

Payroll jobs

All geographical areas in this release represent the residential address of the jobholder. 

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in payroll jobs were:

  • Victoria and South Australia, both up 0.5%
  • Australian Capital Territory, up 0.4%

 

State and territory percentage change in payroll jobs, in the fortnight to 12 March 2022

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This map presents the percentage change in payroll jobs in the fortnight up to 12 March 2022, by the state and territory of the jobholder's residential address. 

- New South Wales (0%)
- Victoria (0.5%)
- Queensland (0.3%)
- South Australia (0.5%)
- Western Australia (0.2%)
- Tasmania (-0.3%)
- Northern Territory (0.3%)
- Australian Capital Territory (0.4%)

Percentage change in payroll jobs, by state and territory
In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
New South Wales0.0%-1.0%-1.5%
Victoria0.5%-0.3%0.6%
Queensland0.3%-0.7%1.2%
South Australia0.5%0.3%1.1%
Western Australia0.2%-0.4%2.1%
Tasmania-0.3%-0.9%1.8%
Northern Territory0.3%0.6%2.0%
Australian Capital Territory0.4%0.3%2.3%
Australia0.2%-0.6%0.3%

Total wages

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in total wages paid were:

  • New South Wales, down 2.2%
  • Western Australia, up 1.7%
Percentage change in total wages, by state and territory (a)
In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
New South Wales-2.2%-3.4%3.0%
Victoria-1.0%-1.9%5.9%
Queensland0.5%-1.2%6.2%
South Australia0.1%-0.2%5.7%
Western Australia1.7%1.2%6.9%
Tasmania0.0%-0.6%5.7%
Northern Territory0.4%1.4%5.4%
Australian Capital Territory-1.2%-0.8%7.8%
Australia-0.7%-1.7%5.2%

Sub-state - payroll jobs

Time series estimates of payroll jobs by sub-state regions (Statistical Area 4 (SA4), Statistical Area 3 (SA3) and Greater Capital City Area (GCCSA) regions) are presented as index values in Table 5 of the Data downloads. 

For more information on the geography used in this release, see the Glossary.

GCCSA regions percentage change in payroll jobs, in the fortnight to 12 March 2022

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This map presents the percentage change in payroll jobs in the fortnight up to 15 January 2022, by the GCCSA region of the jobholder's residential address. 
- Greater Sydney (-0.4%)
- Rest of New South Wales (0.3%)
- Greater Melbourne (0.2%)
- Rest of Victoria (1%)
- Greater Brisbane (0%)
- Rest of Queensland (0.4%)
- Greater Adelaide (0.4%)
- Rest of South Australia (0.1%)
- Greater Perth (0%)
- Rest of Western Australia (0.4%)
- Greater Hobart (-0.3%)
- Rest of Tasmania (-0.4%)
- Greater Darwin (0.1%)
- Rest of Northern Territory (0.3%)
- Australian Capital Territory (0.4%)

Footnotes

The ACT only has one GCCSA region for the entire Territory.

Sex and age group

Persons aged 15-19 years old by sex indexes can be affected by a higher proportion of records with unknown sex than other age group indexes. For more information, see the Update of jobholder characteristics in the historical Methods review

Payroll jobs

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in payroll jobs were:

  • worked by females, up 0.4%
  • worked by persons aged 15-19, down 1.8%
Percentage change in payroll jobs, by sex and age group (a)
  In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
SexMales-0.1%-1.4%-2.1%
Females0.4%-0.1%0.0%
Age group (years)15-19-1.8%-2.5%4.8%
20-290.3%-0.6%-0.1%
30-390.2%-0.6%-0.6%
40-490.2%-0.5%-0.5%
50-590.4%-0.3%0.2%
60-691.1%0.4%2.7%
70 and over1.4%1.3%4.4%
All persons 0.2%-0.6%0.3%

a. Persons with 'unknown' sex and age are only included in the calculation of All persons indexes. For more information, see Inclusion of unknown characteristics in How data are processed.

  1. Indexed to the week ending 14 March 2020.

Total wages

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in total wages paid were:

  • worked by males, down 1.2%
  • worked by persons aged 15-19, down 2.1%
Percentage change in total wages, by sex and age group (a)
  In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
SexMales-1.2%-2.5%3.1%
Females-0.1%-0.6%6.9%
Age group (years)15-19-2.1%-7.5%13.2%
20-29-0.7%-2.3%6.7%
30-39-1.1%-2.1%4.7%
40-49-0.9%-1.5%4.0%
50-59-0.4%-0.9%4.6%
60-690.1%-0.5%7.3%
70 and over0.2%-0.4%9.2%
All persons -0.7%-1.7%5.2%

a. Persons with 'unknown' sex and age are only included in the calculation of All persons indexes. For more information, see Inclusion of unknown characteristics in How data are processed.

5 year age groups - Payroll jobs

Time series estimates of payroll jobs by 5 year age groups by sex are presented as index values in Table 8 of the Data downloads. 

Industry

Payroll jobs

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in payroll jobs were:

  • Education and training, up 3.4%
  • Manufacturing, up 0.9%
Percentage change in payroll jobs, by industry (a)
In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
Agriculture, forestry and fishing0.0%-1.9%-4.7%
Mining-0.3%-0.8%5.3%
Manufacturing0.9%-0.7%-2.7%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services-0.2%0.4%0.5%
Construction-0.3%-2.7%-5.7%
Wholesale trade-0.1%-2.1%-2.0%
Retail trade-0.2%-2.5%-0.3%
Accommodation and food services-0.6%-1.7%-12.3%
Transport, postal and warehousing-0.2%-1.3%-5.1%
Information media and telecommunications-0.1%-1.2%-0.2%
Financial and insurance services0.1%-0.9%2.2%
Rental, hiring and real estate services-0.8%-1.6%-3.3%
Professional, scientific and technical services-0.3%-0.8%1.4%
Administrative and support services-0.7%-1.6%-1.7%
Public administration and safety0.1%0.2%1.2%
Education and training3.4%5.3%0.4%
Health care and social assistance0.6%0.4%2.1%
Arts and recreation services0.6%1.7%-2.5%
Other services-0.1%-1.4%-6.1%
All industries0.2%-0.6%0.3%
  1. Some industries experience pronounced seasonality in either payroll jobs and wages or both. For more information, see Seasonality in Data variability and revisions.

  1. Industries ranked by percentage change in the latest fortnight. 

Total wages

In the fortnight to 12 March 2022, the largest changes in total wages paid were:

  • Mining, up 7.7%
  • Information media and telecommunications, down 7.1%
Percentage change in total wages, by industry(a)
In the fortnight since 26 February 2022In the month since 12 February 2022In the year since 13 March 2021
Agriculture, forestry and fishing0.0%-1.3%2.5%
Mining7.7%7.6%10.7%
Manufacturing2.3%1.3%2.4%
Electricity, gas, water and waste services5.4%5.9%6.2%
Construction-0.2%-3.1%-1.0%
Wholesale trade0.0%-1.3%0.9%
Retail trade-2.1%-6.5%-0.7%
Accommodation and food services0.7%-1.5%-5.0%
Transport, postal and warehousing-0.3%-0.8%1.4%
Information media and telecommunications-7.1%-7.9%3.1%
Financial and insurance services-5.1%-6.9%1.0%
Rental, hiring and real estate services-5.8%-7.9%0.9%
Professional, scientific and technical services-3.7%-3.6%8.6%
Administrative and support services-2.2%-4.8%5.0%
Public administration and safety0.2%-0.1%5.7%
Education and training0.5%1.5%4.1%
Health care and social assistance0.4%0.8%6.7%
Arts and recreation services-1.2%-0.9%5.2%
Other services-1.6%-2.1%0.2%
All industries-0.7%-1.7%5.2%
  1. Some industries experience pronounced seasonality in either payroll jobs and wages or both. For more information, see Seasonality in Data variability and revisions.

Industry subdivision - Payroll jobs

Time series estimates of payroll jobs by industry subdivision are presented as index values in Table 6 of the Data downloads. For more information on the industry classifications used in this release, see the Glossary

Private sector industry - Payroll jobs

Time series estimates of payroll jobs by private sector for selected industry divisions are presented as index values in Table 9 of the Data downloads. More information on the sector classification can be found in Updating characteristics variables in How data are processed and the Glossary

Employment size

The ABS has previously advised caution in using the most recent periods in payroll jobs by employment size indexes, which are subject to higher than usual revisions over a longer period - particularly for small employers. These indexes are more heavily influenced by changes in reporting behaviour and reporting obligations than other indexes, affecting the interpretation of underlying change in labour market conditions. To provide more stability at the end point of these series, a month lag in the reference week is in place. 

In this release the latest week of data for these indexes is for the week ending 12 February 2022, which is also reflected in the percentage change estimates presented. 

Percentage change in payroll jobs by employment size(a)(b)
In the fortnight since 29 January 2022In the month since 15 January 2022In the year since 13 February 2021
Under 20 employees0.1%2.7%5.9%
20-199 employees0.7%2.4%-2.7%
200 employees and over1.4%3.1%2.5%
All businesses0.9%2.9%2.2%
  1. Records with 'unknown' employment size are only included in the calculation of All businesses indexes. For more information, see Revisions in sub-populations in Data variability and revisions
  2. With respect to the week ending 12 February 2022.  

Distribution of characteristics

To aid in the interpretability of payroll job estimates, the following data download contains selected distributions of jobholder and employer characteristics by state and territory. 

Records with 'unknown' characteristics have been excluded from the calculation of proportions. For more information on the source, impact and proportion of unknowns, see the Updating characteristic variables and Inclusion of unknown characteristics sections of How data are processed

Table 20: Payroll jobs - characteristics distributions

Contains selected distributions of jobholder and employer characteristics, available in this release since 9 September 2021. 

Data downloads

Table 4: Payroll jobs and wages indexes

Table 5: Sub-state - Payroll jobs indexes

Table 6: Industry subdivision - Payroll jobs indexes

Table 7: Employer characteristics - Payroll jobs index

Table 8: Jobholder characteristics - Payroll jobs index

Table 9: Sector - Payroll jobs index

 

 

All data cubes

Upcoming changes

Expansion of outputs

Payroll job outputs will be expanded over 2022, however the availability in specific releases is yet to be determined. In alphabetical order, the planned outputs are: 

  • Employment size by industry division
  • Industry division by Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
  • Private sector by state/territory
  • State by industry subdivision

Previous articles

Previously published articles and information of interest are linked below:

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 6160.0.55.001.