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Employee Earnings and Hours Survey
The employees of employers covered in the survey are in scope if they received pay for the reference period, except:
Frequency of Collection
Method of Collection
A sample of approximately 9,000 employer (selection) units was selected from the ABS register of businesses for the May 2006 survey. Employers provided data for a sample of their employees. Data for approximately 57,000 employees contributed to the May 2006 survey.
The preliminary publication is scheduled for release in early December of the same year as the reference period. The final publication is scheduled for release in March the following year.
Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006 (ABS cat. no. 6306.0)
Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration (ABS cat. no. 6313.0)
Data are available for Australia, and each State and Territory.
Customised reports, in a variety of formats, are available from the ABS upon request.
States and territories
Level of government (public sector)
Status of employee
Type of employee
Employer unit size
Methods of setting pay
Educational occupations (Please note, the availability of data at this detailed level is limited by the size of the sample)
Pre-primary school teachers
Primary school teachers
Secondary school teachers
Special education teachers
University lecturers and tutors
Vocational education teachers
English as a Second Language teachers
The collection began in 1974 and was conducted annually until 1981, when a government decision was made to continue the survey on a biennial basis. As a result, no survey was run in 1982 or 1984. However, in 1986, it was resumed on an annual basis until 1996, when it reverted to a biennial collection again. Results from surveys conducted after 1981 are not strictly comparable with those from surveys conducted between 1974 and 1981.
Note: Users should be aware that the sampling method used for the survey limits the usefulness of the data for comparison between years.