Catalogue

UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2010 - March 2011

Title details

SN: 6795
Title: Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2010 - March 2011
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6795-1
Series: Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Datasets, 1992-
Depositor: Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Principal investigator(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Sponsor(s): Office for National Statistics
Northern Ireland. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Subject Categories

General - Employment and labour

Abstract


Background
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a unique source of information using international definitions of employment and unemployment and economic inactivity, together with a wide range of related topics such as occupation, training, hours of work and personal characteristics of household members aged 16 years and over. It is used to inform social, economic and employment policy. The LFS was first conducted biennially from 1973-1983. Between 1984 and 1991 the survey was carried out annually and consisted of a quarterly survey conducted throughout the year and a 'boost' survey in the spring quarter (data were then collected seasonally). From 1992 quarterly data were made available, with a quarterly sample size approximately equivalent to that of the previous annual data. The survey then became known as the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). From December 1994, data gathering for Northern Ireland moved to a full quarterly cycle to match the rest of the country, so the QLFS then covered the whole of the UK (though some additional annual Northern Ireland LFS datasets are also held at the UK Data Archive). Further information on the background to the QLFS may be found in the documentation.

Longitudinal data
The LFS retains each sample household for five consecutive quarters, with a fifth of the sample replaced each quarter. The main survey was designed to produce cross-sectional data, but the data on each individual have now been linked together to provide longitudinal information. The longitudinal data comprise two types of linked datasets, created using the weighting method to adjust for non-response bias. The two-quarter datasets link data from two consecutive waves, while the five-quarter datasets link across a whole year (for example January 2010 to March 2011 inclusive) and contain data from all five waves. A full series of longitudinal data has been produced, going back to winter 1992. Linking together records to create a longitudinal dimension can, for example, provide information on gross flows over time between different labour force categories (employed, unemployed and economically inactive). This will provide detail about people who have moved between the categories. Also, longitudinal information is useful in monitoring the effects of government policies and can be used to follow the subsequent activities and circumstances of people affected by specific policy initiatives, and to compare them with other groups in the population. There are however methodological problems which could distort the data resulting from this longitudinal linking. The ONS continues to research these issues and advises that the presentation of results should be carefully considered, and warnings should be included with outputs where necessary.

Updated longitudinal user guide available
An updated version of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) longitudinal user guide was published in 2012 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It has been added to LFS longitudinal datasets for 2012, but can also be obtained from the ONS Labour Force Survey - User Guidance webpage. The series documentation available from the Archive to accompany LFS datasets largely consists of the latest version of each volume alongside the appropriate questionnaire for the year concerned. However, LFS volumes are updated periodically by ONS, so users are advised to check the user guidance webpage before commencing analysis.

Additional data derived from the QLFS
The Archive also holds further QLFS series: End User Licence (EUL) quarterly data; Special Licence (SL) access and Secure Data Service access datasets (see below); household datasets (produced twice a year); quarterly, annual and ad hoc module datasets compiled for Eurostat; and some additional annual Northern Ireland datasets.

LFS move from seasonal to calendar quarters
In accordance with European Union regulations, the QLFS moved from seasonal (spring, summer, autumn, winter) quarters to calendar quarters (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) in 2006. Subsequently, calendar versions of all datasets in the EUL and SL QLFS series were deposited and the previous seasonal datasets were removed from the Archive's catalogue at the request of ONS. However, some seasonal datasets still exist for the longitudinal series for 2008 and earlier, and ONS advise that, because of the method of construction and the weighting factors used in the datasets, comparison cannot be made between datasets of a calendar and seasonal nature. Time series and longitudinal analysis should only be conducted on datasets of the same type.

Main Topics:
The two-quarter longitudinal datasets include a subset of the most commonly used variables from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), covering the main areas of the survey.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 2010 - March 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults
Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59 at any linked quarter
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Each dataset contains data from two waves of the QLFS
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
the datasets were created from existing LFS data. They do not contain all records, but only those of respondents of working age who have responded to the survey in all the periods being linked. The data therefore comprise a subset of variables representing approximately one third of all QLFS variables. Cases were linked using the QLFS panel design.
Weighting: New weighting factors have been calculated which adjust for differential attrition in the longitudinal data. See documentation for details.
Data sources: The longitudinal datasets are wholly derived from data collected for the QLFS.

Keywords

ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONSADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONSAGE
APPRENTICESHIPATTITUDESBONUS PAYMENTS
CARE OF DEPENDANTSCHILD BENEFITSCHILDREN
CHRONIC ILLNESSCOHABITATIONDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DEPRESSIONDIABETESDISABILITIES
DISABLED PERSONSDISMISSALECONOMIC ACTIVITY
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATESEDUCATIONAL LEVELS
EMPLOYEESEMPLOYMENTEMPLOYMENT HISTORY
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEPILEPSYETHNIC GROUPS
FAMILY BENEFITSFLEXIBLE WORKING TIMEFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
GENDERGENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATIONHEADS OF HOUSEHOLD
HEALTHHEARING IMPAIRMENTSHOME OWNERSHIP
HOME-BASED WORKHOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING BENEFITSHOUSING TENUREILL HEALTH
INCOMEINCOME-RELATED BENEFITSINDUSTRIES
IN-SERVICE TRAININGJOB CHANGINGJOB HUNTING
JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCELABOUR FORCELANDLORDS
LEARNING DISABILITIESLONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENTMANAGERS
MARITAL STATUSMENTAL DISORDERSNATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
OCCUPATIONAL STATUSOCCUPATIONSOVERTIME
PART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPLACE OF BIRTHPLACE OF RESIDENCE
PRIVATE SECTORPUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONS
REDUNDANCYRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRENTED ACCOMMODATION
RESIDENTIAL MOBILITYRESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASESSCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENTSELF-EMPLOYEDSHIFT WORK
SICK LEAVESICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITSSKIN DISEASES
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPINAL DISORDERSSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS
SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENTSUPERVISORY STATUSTEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRAININGUNEMPLOYMENT
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSUNITED KINGDOMUNWAGED WORKERS
VISION IMPAIRMENTSWAGESWORKING CONDITIONS
WORKPLACE

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 September 2011
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
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
User Guide Vol.1 Background and Methodology lfs_user_guide_vol1_background2009.pdf 1912
User Guide Vol.2 - Questionnaire 2010 lfs_user_guide_vol2_questionnaire2010.pdf 855
User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 1992-2002 lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails1992-2002.pdf 1576
User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 2010 lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails2010.pdf 2312
User Guide Vol.4 - Standard Derived Variables lfs_user_guide_vol4_derivedvariables2010.pdf 1693
User Guide Vol.5 - Classifications lfs_user_guide_vol5_classifications2009.pdf 657
User Guide Vol.6 - Local Area Data lfs_user_guide_vol6_localareadata2007.pdf 800
User Guide Vol.7 - LFS Variables 1979-1991 lfs_user_guide_vol7_variabledetails1979_1991.pdf 651
User Guide Vol.8 - Household and Family Data lfs_user_guide_vol8_household2008.pdf 288
User Guide Vol.9 - Eurostat and Eurostat Derived Variables lfs_user_guide_vol9_eurostat2010.pdf 1732
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6795_Information.htm 25
READ File read6795.htm 10

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Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, December 1992 - May 1993 (SN 4248)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, March - August 1993 (SN 4249)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, June - November 1993 (SN 4250)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, September 1993 - February 1994 (SN 4251)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, December 1993 - May 1994 (SN 4252)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, March - August 1994 (SN 4253)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, June - November 1994 (SN 4254)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, September 1994 - February 1995 (SN 4255)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, December 1994 - May 1995 (SN 4256)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, March - August 1995 (SN 4257)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, June - November 1995 (SN 4258)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, September 1995 - February 1996 (SN 4259)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, December 1995 - May 1996 (SN 4260)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, March - August 1996 (SN 4261)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, June - November 1996 (SN 4262)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2006 (SN 5548)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2006 (SN 5610)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2006 - March 2007 (SN 5658)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2007 (SN 5719)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2007 (SN 5779)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2007 (SN 5797)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2007 - March 2008 (SN 5852)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2006 (SN 5914)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2005 (SN 5915)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2005 (SN 5916)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2005 (SN 5917)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2005 - March 2006 (SN 5918)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2004 (SN 5919)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2004 (SN 5920)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2004 (SN 5921)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2004 - March 2005 (SN 5922)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2003 (SN 5923)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2003 (SN 5924)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2003 (SN 5925)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2003 - March 2004 (SN 5926)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2002 (SN 5927)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2002 (SN 5928)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2002 (SN 5929)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2002 - March 2003 (SN 5930)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2001 (SN 5931)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2001 (SN 5932)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2001 (SN 5933)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2001 - March 2002 (SN 5934)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2000 (SN 5935)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2000 (SN 5936)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2000 (SN 5937)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2000 - March 2001 (SN 5938)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 1999 (SN 5939)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 1999 (SN 5940)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 1999 (SN 5941)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 1999 - March 2000 (SN 5942)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 1998 (SN 5943)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 1998 (SN 5944)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 1998 (SN 5945)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 1998 - March 1999 (SN 5946)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 1997 (SN 5947)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 1997 (SN 5948)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 1997 (SN 5949)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 1997 - March 1998 (SN 5950)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2008 (SN 6121)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2008 - March 2009 (SN 6201)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2008 (SN 6205)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2008 (SN 6206)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2009 (SN 6278)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2009 (SN 6336)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2009 (SN 6407)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2009 - March 2010 (SN 6459)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2010 (SN 6550)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2010 (SN 6636)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2010 (SN 6717)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2011 (SN 6947)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2011 (SN 6948)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2011 (SN 6977)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2011 - March 2012 (SN 7036)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2012 (SN 7110)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2012 (SN 7176)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2012 (SN 7234)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January - June, 2013 (SN 7378)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2012 - March 2013 (SN 7458)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, October 2013 - March 2014 (SN 7503)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, April - September, 2013 (SN 7505)
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, July - December, 2013 (SN 7506)

Publications

By principal investigator(s):
Tate, P.F. (1999) 'Longitudinal data from the Labour Force Survey', Labour Market Trends, July 1999.

Tate P.F. and Clarke P.S. (1999) Methodological issues in the production and analysis of longitudinal data from the Labour Force Survey, GSS Methodology Series No. 17.

Tate P.F. (1999) 'Using longitudinally linked data from the British Labour Force Survey', Survey Methodology, 25(1), June 1999.

Resulting from secondary analysis:

Variables

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