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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 707

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Has any survey been made by the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics of the number of (a) married males, (b) single males, (c) married females, and (d) single females, who are holding two jobs?

(2)   Has any survey been made of what the average earnings of these people would be if they only held one job?

(3)   Has any survey been made of the number of married couples, both of whom are working?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information in reply to the honourable senator's question.

(1)   The results of a survey carried out by the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics in May 1971 showed that of the 199,300 persons holding more than one job (at least one of the jobs being as a wage or salary earner) 162,400 were males and 36,900 were females. Married males numbered 133,000 and not married males (including widowed and divorced) numbered 29,300. Married females numbered 18,700 and not married females 18,200.

(2)   No information is available as to the average earnings of multiple jobholders in either their main or second jobs.

(3)   The 1966 Census revealed a total of 686,334 married women in the Australian labour force. A further tabulation revealed that there were 628,348 couples enumerated in private dwellings where both were in the labour force. This total excludes cases where husband and wife were not enumerated at the same dwelling due to the temporary absence of one or the other and cases where both were resident in non-private dwellings at the time of the Census.

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