Australian Bureau of Statistics
6216.0 - Multiple Jobholding, Australia, Aug 1997
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/03/1998
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Persons working in Education, and Cultural and recreational services in their main job were most likely to hold more than one job. Some 9% of those employed in Education, and Cultural and recreational services industries held more than one job.
Almost three-quarters (74%) of multiple jobholders worked in different industries in their main and second jobs. Industries most likely to employ multiple jobholders in both their main and second job were Health and community services, and Education. Multiple jobholders working in Cultural and recreational services in their second job, were most likely to work in a different industry in their main job.
In their second job, male multiple jobholders tended to work in Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and Property and business services (both 14%), while females tended to work in Health and community services (17%) and Retail trade (16%).
OCCUPATION OF MAIN AND SECOND JOB
Persons who were employed in their main job as Professionals (7% of employed persons in that occupation), Advanced clerical and service workers, Intermediate clerical sales and service workers, and Elementary clerical, sales and service workers, (all 6%) were most likely to hold multiple jobs. Occupation groups with the lowest proportions of persons holding multiple jobs were Tradespersons and related workers, and Intermediate production and transport workers (both 3%).
Some 107,000 multiple jobholders (25% of all multiple jobholders) were employed as a Professional in their main job. Of these, 60% were employed as Professionals in their second job as well.
WEEKLY EARNINGS IN MAIN AND SECOND JOB
The distribution of earnings of multiple jobholders who were employees in both jobs shows higher proportions of females than males in the lowest weekly earnings ranges, in both their main job and second job. In their main job, 73% of females earned less than $480 a week, compared to 43% of males. In their second job, 62% of females earned less than $160 a week, compared to 50% of males. These earnings results are affected by the relative hours worked in each job by both males and females (see next section).
HOURS WORKED IN MAIN AND SECOND JOB
Just over half (54%) of those working full-time in their main job worked up to 10 hours a week in their second job. Another 23% worked between 10 and 14 hours and 24% worked 15 hours or more in their second job.
Some 69% of those working less than 20 hours a week in their main job, worked up to 10 hours in their second job, 12% worked between 10 and 14 hours, and a further 19% worked 15 hours or more in their second job. For persons working 20 to 34 hours in their main job, the proportions were: 50%, 17% and 33%.
Male multiple jobholders were more likely to work longer hours than females in both their main and second job. In their main job, 59% of males worked 35 hours or more a week, compared to 28% of females, while in their second job 52% of males worked ten or more hours a week compared to 34% of females.
Some 58% of multiple jobholders worked up to 10 hours a week in their second job. Those working in the Cultural and recreational services (72%) and Education industries (70%) recorded the highest proportions. Industries where multiple jobholders tended to work the most hours in their second job were Agriculture, forestry and fishing, and Manufacturing where 61% and 54% of multiple jobholders worked 10 hours or more in their second job.
Employed persons aged 55 and over were least likely to hold multiple jobs. Some 4% of employed persons in this age group held more than one job. In all other age groups, the proportion of employed persons holding multiple jobs varied between 5% and 6%.
For employed males, those in the 20-24 years age group were most likely to hold multiple jobs. Some 5% of males in this age group held more than one job. For employed females the highest proportion was in the 15-19 years age group (8%).
RELATIONSHIP IN HOUSEHOLD
The proportion of employed persons holding a multiple job was similar for persons who were a member of a family and for those who were not; all sub-categories ranging between 4% and 6%. Dependent students were the group most likely to hold multiple jobs: some 9% of female and 5% of male dependent students held more than one job.
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