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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3764

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

What was the percentage of employees in each State who received the average weekly wage, or more, in each quarter during the last 10 years?

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There are no official statistics that show the percentage of employees who received the average weekly wage or more- in each quarter during the last 10 years. However the results of the Commonwealth Statistician's Survey of Weekly Earnings of adult male employees conducted for the pay-period which included 12th May 1971 gives statistics relevant to the question. The preliminary results were published on the 6th November 1971.

Included in the published results is information on the number of male managerial, executive, professional and higher supervisory staff and other full-time adult male employees in various total weekly earnings groups for each State and Australia. Also published for each State and Australia are average weekly total earnings for these employees.

The results are representative of 2,180,000 fulltime adult male employees whose normal hours of work are 30 or more a week and who were paid for their full normal hours of work for the payperiod which included 12th May 1971. The survey excluded employees of private employers not subject to pay-roll tax; employees in rural industry and private domestic service; employees of religious, benevolent and other similar organisations exempt from pay-roll tax; and waterside workers employed on a casual basis.

The estimated percentages of these full-time adult males, in each State, who earned the average weekly total earnings (as estimated in the Survey) or more in the pay-period which included 12th May 1971, are set out in the table below. The estimates are based on the assumption that, for the total weekly earnings group in which the average weekly total earnings figures for each

State falls, employees are evenly distributed in the relevant groups (consideration being given separately to managerial etc' staff and to all other full-time adult males).


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