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|Title:||Quarterly Labour Force Survey, January - March, 2009|
|Series:||Labour Force Survey [Quarterly Labour Force Survey, 1992-]|
|Depositor:||Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics Division|
Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics Division
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit
Office for National Statistics
Northern Ireland. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
|Other acknowledgements:||Until 5 July 1995, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) was the responsibility of the Employment Department. On that date, the Employment Department was abolished and responsibility for the survey was passed to the Central Statistical Office (CSO). In April 1996, the Central Statistical Office and the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys amalgamated to become the Office for National Statistics (ONS).|
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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, then 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.
The documentation available from the Archive to accompany LFS datasets largely consists of the latest version of each user guide volume alongside the appropriate questionnaire for the year concerned. However, volumes are updated periodically by ONS, so users are advised to check the latest documents on the ONS Labour Force Survey - User Guidance pages before commencing analysis. This is especially important for users of older QLFS studies, where information and guidance in the user guide documents may have changed over time.
Additional data derived from the QLFS
The Archive also holds further QLFS series: Secure Access datasets (see below); household datasets; two-quarter and five-quarter longitudinal datasets; quarterly, annual and ad hoc module datasets compiled for Eurostat; and some additional annual Northern Ireland datasets.
End User Licence and Secure Access QLFS data
Users should note that there are two discrete versions of the QLFS. One is available under the standard End User Licence (EUL) agreement, and the other is a Secure Access version. The EUL version includes country and Government Office Region geography, 3-digit Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and 3-digit industry group for main, second and last job (from July-September 2015, 4-digit industry class is available for main job only).
The Secure Access version contains more detailed variables relating to:
Changes to Country of Birth and Nationality variables, 2017:
Following a disclosure review in 2016 by the ONS Data Access Team, changes have been made to the LFS Country of Birth and Nationality variables from the July-September 2017 quarter. Four new variables have been created and four variables removed. The new groupings are consistent with those published by the Migration Statistics Unit and so should facilitate users to carry out required analysis of Country of Birth and Nationality. The variables added are: CRYOX7_EUL_Main, CRYOX7_EUL_Sub, NATOX7_EUL_Main and NATOX7_EUL_Sub. The variables removed are: CRYO7, CRYOX7, NATO7 and NATOX7.
|The Special Licence Access version of the QLFS January - March, 2009 is held under SN 6200.
For the fourth edition (March 2015), previously unavailable variables LERND and LERNDB were added to the data.
The QLFS questionnaire comprises a 'core' of questions which are included in every survey, together with some 'non-core' questions which vary from quarter to quarter.
The questionnaire can be split into two main parts. The first part contains questions on the respondent's household, family structure, basic housing information and demographic details of household members. The second part contains questions covering economic activity, education and health, and also may include a few questions asked on behalf of other government departments (for example the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office). Until 1997, the questions on health covered mainly problems which affected the respondent's work. From that quarter onwards, the questions cover all health problems. Detailed questions on income have also been included in each quarter since 1993. The basic questionnaire is revised each year, and a new version published, along with a transitional version that details changes from the previous year's questionnaire.
|Dates of fieldwork:||January 2009 - March 2009|
Government Office Regions
Standard Statistical Regions
All persons normally resident in private households in Great Britain and (from 1994) Northern Ireland.
Repeated cross-sectional study
Data are collected quarterly
Simple random sample
Four sampling frames are used. See documentation for details.
|Method of data collection:||
Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview
The first interview is conducted face-to-face, and subsequent interviews by telephone where possible.
|Weighting:||Weighting used. See documentation for details.|
|ABSENTEEISM||ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT||ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||AGE||ALLERGIES|
|APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT||APPOINTMENT TO JOB||APPRENTICESHIP|
|ATTITUDES||BONUS PAYMENTS||BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS|
|CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES||CARE OF DEPENDANTS||CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION|
|CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES||CHILD BENEFITS||CHILD CARE|
|CHILD DAY CARE||CHILDREN||CHRONIC ILLNESS|
|CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS||COHABITATION||COMMUTING|
|COMPANIES||CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT||DEBILITATIVE ILLNESS|
|DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS||DISABILITIES||DISABLED PERSONS|
|DISMISSAL||DISTANCE LEARNING||DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIES|
|EARLY RETIREMENT||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND|
|EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES||EDUCATIONAL COURSES||EDUCATIONAL FEES|
|EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS||EDUCATIONAL LEVELS||EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES|
|EMPLOYEES||EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING||EMPLOYMENT HISTORY|
|EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES||EMPLOYMENT SERVICES||EMPLOYMENT|
|ENDOCRINE DISORDERS||EPILEPSY||ETHNIC GROUPS|
|FAMILY BENEFITS||FAMILY MEMBERS||FIELDS OF STUDY|
|FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT||FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||FURTHER EDUCATION|
|GENDER||GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||GENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION|
|GENERAL SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD||HEALTH|
|HEARING IMPAIRMENTS||HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS||HIGHER EDUCATION|
|HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||HOLIDAY LEAVE||HOME BUYING|
|HOME OWNERSHIP||HOME-BASED WORK||HOURS OF WORK|
|HOUSEHOLDS||HOUSING BENEFITS||HOUSING TENURE|
|INCOME-RELATED BENEFITS||INDUSTRIES||IN-SERVICE TRAINING|
|INTERNET USE||INVOLUNTARY SHORT TIME WORKING||JOB CHANGING|
|JOB DESCRIPTION||JOB HUNTING||JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCE|
|LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT||LABOUR FORCE||LANDLORDS|
|LEARNING DISABILITIES||LEAVE||LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT|
|MANAGERS||MARITAL STATUS||MATERNITY LEAVE|
|MATERNITY PAY||MENTAL DISORDERS||MORTGAGES|
|MOTOR VEHICLES||MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES||NATIONAL IDENTITY|
|NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||NATIONALITY||NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES|
|OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS||OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS||OCCUPATIONAL STATUS|
|OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING||OCCUPATIONS||ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||ORGANIZATIONS||OVERTIME|
|PART-TIME COURSES||PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT||PATERNITY LEAVE|
|PENSIONS||PHOBIAS||PLACE OF BIRTH|
|PLACE OF RESIDENCE||PRIVATE PENSIONS||PRIVATE SECTOR|
|RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION||RENTED ACCOMMODATION||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY|
|RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES||RETIREMENT||ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS|
|SANDWICH COURSES||SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION||SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS|
|SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT||SELF-EMPLOYED|
|SHARED HOME OWNERSHIP||SHIFT WORK||SICK LEAVE|
|SICK PAY||SICK PERSONS||SICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS|
|SKIN DISEASES||SMALL BUSINESSES||SOCIAL CLASS|
|SOCIAL HOUSING||SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS||SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS|
|SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS||SPOUSES||STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS|
|SUPERVISORY STATUS||TAX RELIEF||TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS|
|TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT||TERMINATION OF SERVICE||TIED HOUSING|
|TRAINING CENTRES||TRAINING COURSES||TRAINING|
|TRAVELLING TIME||UNEMPLOYED||UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS|
|UNEMPLOYMENT||UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||UNITED KINGDOM|
|UNWAGED WORKERS||VISION IMPAIRMENTS||VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATES|
|VOCATIONAL EDUCATION||WAGES||WELSH (LANGUAGE)|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||24 June 2009|
|Latest edition:||27 March 2015 (4th Edition)|
|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|
|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|SIC 2007 Mapping of SIC 2007 to SIC 92||sic2007_to_sic92_map_final.xls||231|
|User Guide Vol.1 - Background and Methodology||lfs_vol1_background2009.pdf||1912|
|User Guide Vol.2 - Questionnaire 2009||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2009.pdf||986|
|User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 1992-2002||lfs_vol3_variabledetails1992-2002.pdf||1576|
|User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 2009||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2009.pdf||1154|
|User Guide Vol.4 - Standard Derived Variables||lfs_vol4_derivedvariables2009.pdf||1741|
|User Guide Vol.5 - Classifications||lfs_vol5_classifications2009.pdf||657|
|User Guide Vol.6 - Local Area Data||lfs_vol6_localareadata2007.pdf||800|
|User Guide Vol.7 - LFS Variables 1979-1991||lfs_vol7_variabledetails1979-1991.pdf||651|
|User Guide Vol.8 - Household and Family Data||lfs_vol8_household2008.pdf||288|
|User Guide Vol.9 - Eurostat and Eurostat Derived Variables||lfs_vol9_eurostat2009.pdf||2416|
|SIC 2007 User Guidance and Explanatory Notes||sic_2007_user_guidance_and_explanatory_notes.pdf||1498|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_6199_Information.htm||7|
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