Quarterly Employment Survey: December 2011 quarter


About the Quarterly Employment Survey

The Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) estimates the demand for labour by New Zealand businesses. From the survey responses, we estimate the levels and changes in employment; total weekly gross earnings; total weekly paid hours; average hourly and average weekly earnings; and average weekly paid hours in the industries we survey.

QES estimates the number of jobs filled, not the number of people employed. This means that a person with multiple jobs during the reference week could be counted multiple times.

Data from QES about the total paid hours is used in compiling gross domestic product – economic activity for selected industries. QES average earnings statistics are used in calculating superannuation and paid parental leave.

More definitions

Filled jobs: include all full-time employees, plus part-time employees, plus working proprietors.

Full-time equivalent employees: covers the number of full-time employees plus half the number of part-time employees (full-time is defined as working 30 hours or more per week).

Enterprise: is a business or service entity operating in New Zealand.

Business Frame: is the list of all economically significant businesses in New Zealand, which is maintained by Statistics New Zealand.

Industry: is determined from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006. Businesses in QES are classified to ANZSIC06 industries.

For more information about the ANZSIC06 classification and its implementation into the QES and other Statistics NZ collections, please see ANZSIC 2006 – industry classification.