Median weekly earnings rose 2.3% in 2019

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The median weekly earnings of employees rose by 2.3% from August 2018 to August 2019, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Data collected with the Labour Force Survey showed the rise is consistent with increases observed in the Wage Price Index and Average Weekly Earnings.

Over the year, median weekly earnings of female employees rose by 4.3%, while male employee earnings rose 1.3%. Median weekly earnings for males rose by less than that of females partly due to the growing number of males working part-time hours and the different industries/occupations that men and women are working in.

The figures also show gradual changes in working arrangements over time. There was an increase in the proportion of employed people with access to flexible working hours, going up to 34% in August 2019 compared to 32% in August 2015. Employed people who regularly worked at home also went up, now sitting at 32% from the previous 30%.

There was a decrease in the proportion of employed people who usually worked overtime with 34% in August 2019, down from 36% in August 2015. Similarly, those who were on-call or standby went to 22%, down from 24%.

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