Catalogue

UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Skills and Employment Surveys Series Dataset, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2012

Title details

SN: 7467
Title: Skills and Employment Surveys Series Dataset, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2012
Alternative title: SES
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7467-2
Series: Skills and Employment Survey, 1997-
Depositor: Felstead,A., Cardiff University. School of Social Sciences
Principal investigator(s): Felstead,A., Cardiff University. School of Social Sciences
Gallie, D., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Green,F., University of London. Institute of Education. LLAKES Centre
Inanc, H., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Other acknowledgements: See individual study records for details of the Principal Investigator, Data Collector and Sponsor for individual years.

The Skills and Employment Survey, 2012 was financially support by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Strategic Partnership and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods for a Welsh boost. The Skills Survey, 2006 was supported by the Department for Education and Skills, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Learning and Skills Council, the Sector Skills Development Agency, Scottish Enterprise, Futureskills Wales, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the East Midlands Development Agency. The Skills Survey, 2001 was funded by the Department for Education and Skills, while the Skills Survey, 1997 and the Social Change and Economic Life Initiative Surveys, 1986-1987 were supported by the ESRC. The Employment in Britain, 1992 was supported by the Leverhulme Trust and an industrial consortium of funders.

Subject Categories

General - Employment and labour
Training - Employment and labour

Abstract

The Skills Survey is a series of surveys which aim to investigate the employed workforce in Great Britain (and United Kingdom from 2006). The survey series builds on two previous studies of the workforce, Social Change and Economic Life Initiative Surveys, 1986-1987 (held at the UKDA under SN 2798) and Employment in Britain, 1992 (held at the UKDA under SN 5368). The first Skills Survey was conducted in 1997 and represented a new approach to assessing the extent to which those at work in Britain had skills matching the requirements of their jobs. The 2001 survey was aimed at assessing how much had changed between the two surveys. The third survey in 2006 enhanced this time series data further but had the overarching aim of providing a resource for analysing skill and job requirements in the British economy in the middle part of the current decade. The Skills and Employment Survey, 2012 (SES2012) was the fourth in the series, and aimed to again add to the time series data and, coinciding as it did with a period of economic recession, aimed to provide insight into whether the British workforce felt under additional pressure/demand from employers as a result of redundancies and cut backs.

Although these surveys were not originally planned as part of a series and had different funding sources and objectives, continuity in questionnaire design has meant the surveys now provide a unique, nationall representative picture of change in British workplaces as reported by individual job holders.

The Skills and Employment Surveys Series Dataset, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2012 combines data from all six surveys in the series, where common survey questions were asked. For each survey, weights are computed to take into account the differential probabilities of sample selection, the over-sampling of certain areas and some small response rate variations between groups (defined by sex, age and occupation). All surveys cover Great Britain except the Skills Survey, 2006 which covers the United Kingdom.

The six surveys are all available separately from the UK Data Archive:
  • Social Change and Economic Life Initiative Surveys, 1986-1987 (SN 2798)
  • Employment in Britain, 1992 (SN 5368)
  • Skills Survey, 1997 (SN 3993)
  • Skills Survey, 2001 (SN 4972)
  • Skills Survey, 2006 (SN 6004)
  • Skills and Employment Survey, 2012 (SN 7466)
A Special Licence access version of this study including finer detailed geographical variables may become available from the UK Data Archive in the future.

For the second edition (May 2014) an updated version of the data file and the accompanying Technical Briefing document. The depositor has provided the following advice: "Users are altered to errors recently detected in the 4-digit coding of SOC (both 2000 and 2010 versions). This has resulted in further changes to the coding of SOC2000 at 3, 2 and 1-digits as well as amendments to the weighting variables which are partly based on SOC (weightall and weight0612)." The Skills and Employment Survey 2012 dataset, held under SN 7466, has also been updated accordingly.


Main Topics:
The main topics include:
  • skills at work
  • quality of work
  • training and skills development
  • terms and conditions of employment

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1986 - 2012
Dates of fieldwork: Social Change and Economic Life Initiative Surveys, 1986-1987: June to November 1986;
Employment in Britain, 1992: May to September 1992;
Skills Survey, 1997: January to May 1997;
Skills Survey, 2001: February to June 2001;
Skills Survey, 2006: March to October 2006;
Skills and Employment Survey, 2012: January to November 2012
Country: Great Britain
United Kingdom
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
See individual study records for details of the population for each survey.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 25,826 cases.
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.
Data sources: The six surveys are all available separately from the UK Data Archive: Social Change and Economic Life Initiative Surveys, 1986-1987 (SN 2798), Employment in Britain, 1992 (SN 5368), Skills Survey, 1997 (SN 3993), Skills Survey, 2001 (SN 4972), Skills Survey, 2006 (SN 6004) and Skills and Employment Survey, 2012 (SN 7466).

Keywords

ABILITYAGEARRANGEMENT OF WORKING TIME
ATTITUDESBONUS PAYMENTSBUSINESSES
CHILDRENCHOICECOMPUTER LITERACY
COMPUTERSCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTDEGREES
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEMOTIONAL STATES
EMPLOYEESEMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAININGEMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYETHNIC GROUPSFATIGUE (PHYSIOLOGY)
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDERGREAT BRITAIN
HOME-BASED WORKHOURS OF WORKINCOME
INDUSTRIESIN-SERVICE TRAININGINTERNET USE
INVESTORS IN PEOPLE STANDARDJOB CHARACTERISTICSJOB DESCRIPTION
JOB EVALUATIONJOB HUNTINGJOB SATISFACTION
JOB SECURITYKEY SKILLSKNOWLEDGE (AWARENESS)
LABOUR RELATIONSMANAGERSMARITAL STATUS
OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSOCCUPATIONAL SAFETYOCCUPATIONAL TRAINING
OCCUPATIONSOFFICE EQUIPMENTPART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
PENSION CONTRIBUTIONSPERFORMANCEPERSONAL EFFICACY
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPRIVATE SECTORPROMOTION (JOB)
PUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONSREPETITIVE WORK
RESPONSIBILITYSCHOOLSSELF-EMPLOYED
SHIFT WORKSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS
STATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSTRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)SUPERVISION
SUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUSTECHNICAL TRAINING
TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENTTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRADE UNIONS
TRAININGTRAINING COURSESUNEMPLOYMENT
UNITED KINGDOMWAGESWORK ATTITUDE
WORKING CONDITIONSWORKLOADSWORKPLACE
WORKPLACE RELATIONS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 17 March 2014
Latest edition: 21 May 2014 (Edition Number 2)
Copyright: Copyright A. Felstead, D. Gallie and F. Green
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
Questionnaire 1992 7467_eib_1992_quetionnaire.pdf 21192
Questionnaire 1986 7467_sceli_1986_questionnaire.pdf 22308
Questionnaire 2012 7467_ses_2012_questionnaire.pdf 814
Revision Note 7467_ses_2nd_edition_revision_note_may_2014.pdf 238
Further Variable Explanations 7467_ses_further_variable_explanations_feb_2014.pdf 767
"Variable Availability, 1986-2012" 7467_ses_variable_availability_feb_2014.pdf 909
"Variable Continuity, 1986-2012" 7467_ses_variable_continuity_feb_2014.pdf 935
Questionnaire 1997 7467_skills_survey_1997_questionnaire.pdf 286
Questionnaire 2001 7467_skills_survey_2001_questionnaire.pdf 458
Questionnaire 2006 7467_skills_survey_2006_questionnaire.pdf 847
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7467_Information.htm 24
READ File read7467.htm 11

Related studies:

Skills Survey, 1997 (SN 3993)
Skills Survey, 2001 (SN 4972)
Skills Survey, 2006 (SN 6004)
Skills and Employment Survey, 2012 (SN 7466)

Related case studies:

Why does the work women do pay less than the work men do?

Publications

By principal investigator(s):
Ashton, D. and Felstead, A. (1998) Organisational characteristics and skill in Britain: is there a link?, University of Leicester, Centre for Labour Market Statistics, Working Paper No. 22.

Green, F. et al (1998) 'Are British workers getting more skilled?' in Atkinson, A.B. and Hills, J. (eds.) Exclusion, employment and opportunity, London: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.

Green, F. (1998) The value of skills, University of Kent at Canterbury Studies in Economics, No. 98/19.

Ashton, D. et al. (1999) Work Skills in Britain, Oxford: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.

Felstead, A. et al. (1999) 'Skills trends in Britain: trajectories over the last decade' in Coffield, F. (ed.) Research and policy implications of a learning society, Bristol: Policy Press.

Felstead, A., Ashton, D. and Green, F. (1999) Justice for all? The pattern of skills in Britain, University of Leicester, Centre for Labour Market Statistics, Working Paper No. 23.

Green, F. et al. (1999) 'Are British workers getting more skilled?' in Borghans, L. and de Grip, A. (eds.) The overeducated worker? the economics of skill utilization, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Green, F. (1999) 'Training the workers' in Gregg, P. and Wadsworth, J. (eds.) The state of working britain, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Felstead, A., Gallie, D. and Green, F. (2002) Work Skills in Britain, 1986-2001, London: Department for Education and Skills. Retrieved March 5, 2014 from http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/contactsandpeople/alanfelstead/skills-survey-2001.doc

Felstead, A., Gallie, D., Green, F. and Zhou, Y. (2007) Skills at Work, 1986 to 2006, Oxford: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance. Retrieved March 5, 2014 from http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/contactsandpeople/alanfelstead/SkillsatWork-1986to2006.pdf

Felstead, A. et al. (2007) Skills at Work in Scotland, 1997-2006, Swindon: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.

Felstead, A., Gallie, D., Green, F. and Inanc, H. (2013) Skills at Work in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Green, F., Felstead, A., Gallie, D. and Inanc, H. (2013) Training in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Inanc, H., Felstead, A., Gallie, D. and Green, F. (2013) Job Control in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education.http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Gallie, D., Felstead, A., Green, F. and Inanc, H. (2013) Fear at Work in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Felstead, A., Gallie, D., Green, F. and Inanc, H. (2013) Work Intensification in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Green, F., Felstead, A., Gallie, D. and Inanc, H. (2013) Job-related Well-being in Britain: First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Felstead, A., Gallie, D., Green, F. and Inanc, H. (2013) Skills and Employment Survey 2012: Technical Briefing, London: Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Felstead, A., Davies, R. and Jones, S. (2013) Skills and the Quality of Work in Wales, 2006-2012: Main Results, Cardiff: Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Felstead, A., Davies, R. and Jones, S. (2013) Skills and the Quality of Work in Wales, 2006-2012: Workbook, Cardiff: Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Felstead, A., Davies, R., Jones, S. (2013) Job Skills, Qualification Use and Training in Wales: Results from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, Cardiff: Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Davies, R., Felstead, A., and Jones, S. (2013) Well-being, Insecurity and Attitudes to Work in Wales: Results from the Skills and Employment Survey 2012, Cardiff: Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/ses2012

Green, F., Felstead, A., Gallie, D., Inanc, H. and Jewson, N. (2013) What has been happening to the training of workers in Britain? (LLAKES Research Paper 43), London: ESRC Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies, Institute of Education, University of London.

Felstead, A. and Green, F. (2013) Underutilization, overqualification and skills mismatch: patterns and trends, Skills in Focus series, June 2013, Glasgow: Skills Development Scotland. Retrieved March 5, 2014 from http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/811162/underutilization__overqualification_and_skills_mismatch_patterns_and_trends.pdf

Green, F. and Felstead, A. (2013) What's been happening to training? The workers' perspective, Skills in Focus series, June 2013, Glasgow: Skills Development Scotland. Retrieved March 5, 2014 from http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/811171/what_has_been_happening_to_training_the_workers__perspective.pdf

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Perales, F. (2010) Occupational feminization, specialized human capital and wages: evidence from the British labour market, ISER Working Papers 2010-31. Retrieved November 25, 2011 from http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2010-31.pdf

Pinoli, S. Screening ex-ante or screening on-the-job? The impact of the employment contract, MPRA 11429.

Sutherland, J. (2010) 'The qualifications/jobs mismatch in Scotland', The Fraser Economic Commentary, November. (The Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde).

Sutherland, J. (2011) Job attribute preferences in Scotland, CPPR Working Paper No. 27, Centre for Public Policy for Regions, University of Glasgow .

Sutherland, J. (2012) 'Job attribute preferences: who prefers what?', Employee Relations.

Bisello, M. (2013) Job polarization in Britain from a task-based perspective: evidence from the UK Skills Surveys, Discussion Paper no. 160, University of Pisa, Italy: Department of Economics and Management. Retrieved April 8th, 2013 from http://www.dse.ec.unipi.it/index.php?id=52

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