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Enterprise bargaining trends released

The latest quarterly Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining report shows that trend wages growth under federal enterprise collective agreements remains steady.

The data released today covers collective agreements lodged during the December 2007 quarter.

Overall, the annual trend wages growth outcome of 4.0 per cent remains unchanged since the September quarter 2007.

Quarterly wages growth for collective agreements lodged in the December 2007 quarter is 3.8 per cent, a slight fall of 0.1 per cent over agreements lodged in the September quarter 2007.

The report also found that during the December quarter there were varied wage outcomes between industries, with building and construction at 4.7 per cent and retail at 3.5 per cent.

The trend for union and employee collective agreements continued unchanged.

Wages growth by state for the December quarter 2007 was between 4.4 per cent in Western Australia and 3.6 per cent in South Australia.

These outcomes support evidence of the strong demand for labour in particular sectors like the building and construction sector and states like Western Australia.

The report uses data from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations' Workplace Agreements Database, a census database containing statistical material on all federal collective agreements since the early-1990s.

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