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Working Time Arrangements Australia

IN NOVMEBER 2012 one in four employees who normally worked overtime or extra hours weren’t compensated for doing so.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the Working Time Arrangements Australia November 2012 report on Friday last week (May 3). It sheds light on hours of work, overtime, weekend work and variable hours and other highlights differences between workers who have leave entitlements and those who don’t as well as comparing part-time and full-time employees’ hours of work.

In November 2012 there were 3.2 million employees who usually worked extra hours or overtime in their main job.

The report showed that even though more men worked extra hours than women, one in five men were compensated for doing so, compared to one in three women.

Pay was the most common way workers were compensated for overtime work or extra hours (42%) followed by time-off in lieu (17%) and 15% in a salary package.


Of the 10.1 million people over 15 years old who were employees in their main job:


  • 75% could choose when their holidays were taken, with a further 12% who could sometimes choose;
  • 40% had some say in their start and finish times;
  • 16% usually worked shift work
  • 25% had earnings/income that varied from one pay period to the next
  • 37% had hours that varied weekly or they were usually required to be on call or standby.


Of the 3.4 million workers whose hours changed weekly or were required to be on call or standby in their main job 12% had less than one day’s notice about their work schedule.

Multiple job holders (563,800) were more likely to work on weekends or seven days a week than those workers with a single job, with  20% of multiple job holders reporting their days of work varied, 42% saying they worked weekdays only and 57% reporting they worked both weekends and weekdays.


About 40% of employees with leave entitlements were able to work extra hours so they could take time off and 77% were able to choose when they took holidays. This compares to employees without leave entitlements – 22% could work extra to take time off and 65% could choose when holidays were taken.

Slightly more (41%) full time employees had some say over their start and finish times than part time workers (36%).

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