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6310.0 - Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, Aug 2005  
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GLOSSARY

Employee


A person who works for a public or private employer and receives remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee by their employer while working on a commission basis, tips or piece-rates, or a person who operates his or her own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees. In this publication, employee relates to employee in his/her main job and excludes payment in kind.


Full-time employees in main job


Persons who were employees in their main job and:

  • (for single job holders) usually work 35 hours or more a week, or usually work less than 35 hours but worked 35 hours or more in the reference week.
  • (for multiple job holders) usually work 35 hours or more in their main job and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours or more in their main job, worked 35 hours or more in the reference week.

Full-time workers


Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week. In this publication full-time workers relates to full-time workers who were employees in their main job.


Holiday leave


The entitlement of an employee to paid holiday, vacation or recreation leave.


Hours paid for in main job


The number of hours for which employees were paid, not necessarily the number of hours actually worked during the reference week (e.g. an employee on paid leave for the week was asked to report the number of hours for which they were paid).


Hours worked


The number of hours actually worked during the reference week.


Incorporated enterprise


An enterprise which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).


Industry


Classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0). In this publication, industry relates to the main job.


Leave benefits


The entitlement of employees to paid holiday leave, sick leave, long service leave or maternity/paternity leave in their main job.


Leave entitlements


The entitlement of employees to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their main job.


Long service leave


The entitlement of an employee to paid long service leave.


Main English speaking countries


The United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States of America and New Zealand.


Main job


The job in which a person usually works the most hours.


Maternity/paternity leave


The entitlement of an employee to paid maternity/paternity leave.


Mean weekly earnings


The amount obtained by dividing the total earnings of a group by the number of employees in that group.


Median weekly earnings


The amount which divides the distribution of employees into two equal groups, one having earnings above and the other below that amount.


Multiple jobholder


Employed persons who, during the reference week, worked in a second job or held a second job from which they were absent because of holidays, sickness or any other reason. Multiple jobholders exclude those who changed employer.


In this publication, a multiple jobholder relates to only those who were employees in their main job, however information on earnings relates to only those multiple jobholders who were employees in both their main and second jobs.


Occupation


Classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0). In this publication, occupation relates to the main job and is shown at the ASCO Major Group level.


Owner managers of incorporated enterprises


Persons who work in their own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).


Part-time employees in main job


Persons who were employees in their main job and:

  • (for single job holders) usually work less than 35 hours a week, and did so in the reference week
  • (for multiple job holders) actually worked less than 35 hours in their main job in the reference week, or were away from their main job but usually work less than 35 hours a week in their main job.

Part-time workers


Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week. In this publication part-time workers relates to part-time workers who were employees in their main job.


Reference week


The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.


Second job


A job, other than the main job, in which some hours were worked during the reference week.


Sector of main job


Is used to classify a respondent’s employer as a public or private enterprise. The public sector includes all government units, such as government departments, non-market non-profit institutions that are controlled and mainly financed by government, and corporations and quasi-corporations that are controlled by government.


Sick leave


The entitlement of an employee to paid sick leave.


Size of location in main job


The number of persons employed at the location of the respondent’s main job.


Standard benefit


The entitlement of an employee to paid holiday leave, sick leave, long service leave, maternity/paternity leave or a superannuation benefit.


Superannuation benefit


Membership of a superannuation or retirement benefits scheme, arranged or provided by the person’s current employer even if the employer did not contribute to the fund.


Superannuation coverage


Membership of a superannuation or retirement benefits scheme regardless of whether the scheme was arranged or provided by the person’s current employer.


Trade union


An organisation consisting predominantly of employees, the principal activities of which include the negotiation of rates of pay and conditions of employment for its members.


Trade union member


Employees with membership in a trade union in conjunction with their main job.


Weekly earnings


Amount of ‘last total pay’ (i.e. before taxation and other deductions had been made) from wage and salary jobs prior to the interview. For persons paid other than weekly, earnings were converted to a weekly equivalent. No adjustment was made for any back payment of wage increases or prepayment of leave, etc.


With leave entitlements in main job


Employees who were entitled to either paid holiday leave or paid sick leave (or both) in their main job.


Without leave entitlements in main job


Employees who were entitled to neither paid holiday leave nor paid sick leave in their main job.


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