In writing my oped last week on employee share ownership, I tried to check the most recent figure with the ABS. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in their publication, and they couldn’t supply it to me quickly, so I went with the Aug 2006 figure, which was that 6% of all employees received company shares as part of their remuneration package.
The ABS has today gotten back to me with the Aug 2008 figure. Interestingly, it turns out that the popularity of these plans is waning. By Aug 2008, only 5.1% of Australian employees received share benefits.