One-month pause in this release
The previously advertised release of Weekly Payroll Jobs on 8 February 2024 has been suspended to enable the ABS to implement an update of employer characteristics - further detail are provided below. The next release will now be on 14 March 2024.
Update to employer characteristics in March 2024 release
The next release, on 14 March 2024, will include updated employer characteristics - industry, employment size and sector from the week ending 30 December 2023. This periodic update (which was last done for inclusion in the release on 10 November 2022) will refresh employer characteristics. It will reduce the number of payroll jobs with 'unknown' employer characteristics improving the quality of indexes that include industry, industry subdivision, employment size and sector.
The date at which employer characteristics are updated, called 'transition points', can be visible in the levels of some indexes. Users should always exercise caution when comparing week-on-week changes and index levels across transition points.
Further detail is available in the Updating characteristics variables subsection of How data are processed.
Further detail is available in Upcoming changes.
Seasonality and reporting variability
The movements in payroll jobs estimates at the 2023 year-end include large seasonal changes in the labour market - further described in a historical seasonality spotlight article.
Some businesses have reduced activity in late December and early January which may lead to a higher degree of reporting variability over year-end. This can result in higher than usual levels of revision for payroll jobs for this period when more normal reporting resumes. Further information is available in the Reporting variability section of Data variability and revisions.