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Fair Treatment at Work Survey, 2008

Title details

SN: 6382
Title: Fair Treatment at Work Survey, 2008
Alternative title: FTWS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6382-1
Series: Fair Treatment at Work Surveys, 2005/06-
Depositor: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Principal investigator(s): Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Employment Market Analysis and Research
Data collector(s): TNS-BMRB
Sponsor(s): Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Employment Market Analysis and Research
Other acknowledgements: A team from the Cardiff School of Social Science, Cardiff University helped to review and revise the questionnaire.

Subject Categories

Equality and inequality - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
Industrial relations - Employment and labour

Abstract

The Fair Treatment at Work Survey is Britain's first large-scale official survey of employees' experience of unfair treatment, perceived discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace. The survey was commissioned by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) which in June 2009 merged with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) to form the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The new survey combines two earlier surveys; the Employment Rights at Work Survey, 2005 (ERWS) (not available from the UKDA) and the Fair Treatment at Work Pilot Survey, 2005-2006 (available from the UKDA under SN 6203).
The main aims of the Fair Treatment at Work Survey, 2008 were:
  • to assess people's general awareness of their rights at work and to see how this has changed since the last survey
  • to determine knowledge about specific rights at work (the National Minimum Wage and holiday entitlement)
  • to find out which sources of advice people would use to find out about their rights at work in general and to find out about the National Minimum Wage
  • to measure the proportion of individuals that has had problems at work in the last five years
  • to determine how people go about resolving the most serious problems which they have had
Main Topics:
The main questionnaire covered the following broad areas:
  • awareness of employment rights
  • knowledge of specific employment rights
  • sources of information and advice
  • experience of employment problems
  • resolving problems and disputes
  • job and employer characteristics
  • socio-demographics and other individual characteristics
The self-completion questionnaire covered some additional areas:
  • respondents' work
  • trust
  • other employer-related behaviour
  • feelings about work

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 01 September 2008 - 17 January 2009
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults in Great Britain who work as employees or who have worked as employees within the last two years, 2008-2009.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 4,010 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

Keywords

ACCESS TO INFORMATIONACCIDENTS AT WORKADVICE
AGEAGE DISCRIMINATIONAPPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT
APPOINTMENT TO JOBARRANGEMENT OF WORKING TIMEBANK ACCOUNTS
BULLYINGBUSINESSESCARE OF DEPENDANTS
CHILDRENCIVIL PARTNERSHIPSCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
DEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDISABILITY DISCRIMINATIONDISCRIMINATION
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HOMOSEXUALSDISEASESDISMISSAL
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATESEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYERSEMPLOYMENTEMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYEQUAL OPPORTUNITYETHNIC GROUPS
FAMILY MEMBERSFLEXIBLE WORKING TIMEFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
GENDERGREAT BRITAINHEARING IMPAIRMENTS
HOLIDAY LEAVEHOME-BASED WORKHOURS OF WORK
HOUSING TENUREILL HEALTHINCOME
INDUSTRIAL TRIBUNALSINFORMATION CENTRESINFORMATION SOURCES
INTERNET ACCESSJOB SECURITYLABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR DISPUTESLABOUR LAWLABOUR RELATIONS
LANGUAGESLEARNING DISABILITIESLEGAL ADVICE
MANAGERSMARITAL STATUSMEDIATION
MENTAL DISORDERSMINIMUM WAGESNATIONALITY DISCRIMINATION
OCCUPATIONAL LIFEOCCUPATIONAL SAFETYOVERTIME
PARENTAL LEAVEPART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
PLACE OF BIRTHPRIVATE SECTORPUBLIC SECTOR
RACIAL DISCRIMINATIONRECRUITMENTRELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATIONRIGHT TO INFORMATIONRIGHT TO NON-DISCRIMINATION
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENTSEX DISCRIMINATIONSEXUAL HARASSMENT
SEXUAL ORIENTATIONSICK LEAVESOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL INEQUALITYSTATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSTRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)
SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENTSUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUS
TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENTTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRADE UNIONS
VISION IMPAIRMENTSWAGESWORKERS' RIGHTS
WORKING CONDITIONSWORK-LIFE BALANCEWORKPLACE RELATIONS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 11 February 2010
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
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
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Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
User Guide 6382userguide.pdf 871
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6382_Information.htm 18
READ File read6382.htm 10

Related studies:

Fair Treatment at Work Pilot Survey, 2005-2006 (SN 6203)
British Workplace Behaviour Survey, 2007-2008 (SN 7428)

Publications

By principal investigator(s):
Grainger, H. and Fitzner, G. (2007) The first Fair Treatment at Work Survey: executive summary – updated, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) Employment Relations Research Series No. 63. URN 07/803. ISBN: 978-0-85605-690-1. Retrieved July 20, 2009 from http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file38386.pdf

Fevre, R. et al. (2009) Fair treatment at work report: findings from the 2008 survey, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Employment Relations Research Series 103. URN 09/P85. ISBN: 978-0-85605-750-2. Retrieved February 09, 2010 from http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file52809.pdf

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Coleman, N; Sykes, W. and Groom, C. (2013) Barriers to employment and unfair treatment at work: a quantitative analysis of disabled people's experiences, Research Report no.88, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission. Retrieved February 26, 2014 from http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/barriers_and_unfair_treatment_final.pdf

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