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Workplace Employment Relations Survey: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Linked Dataset, 2004: Secure Access

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SN: 6840
Title: Workplace Employment Relations Survey: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Linked Dataset, 2004: Secure Access
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6840-1
Series: Workplace Employment Relations Survey [Workplace Employment Relations Survey: 1998-: Secure Access]
Depositor: Office for National Statistics
Principal investigator(s): Department of Trade and Industry. Employment Markets Analysis and Research
Forth, J., National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
Policy Studies Institute
Office for National Statistics
Data collector(s): National Centre for Social Research
Office for National Statistics
Sponsor(s): Department of Trade and Industry
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
Economic and Social Research Council
Policy Studies Institute
Other acknowledgements: The Policy Studies Institute contributed to the funding of the Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) 2004 study with a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.

The Steering Committee for the WERS 2004 study was drawn from representatives of the sponsoring bodies. The members of the Steering Committee are as follows: Grant Fitzner (succeeding Mark Beatson) and Bernard Carter (Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)); Andrew Wareing (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)); Paul Rouse (succeeding David Guy) and Professor Keith Whitfield (Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)); and Malcolm Rigg (succeeding Professor Jim Skea) of the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). John McQueeney, Head of Research in the Employment Markets Analysis and Research (EMAR) section of the DTI, also attended a number of Steering Committee meetings and provided support to the DTI Research Team throughout the course of the study. A number of people assisted in the development of specific question areas, including: six specialist teams of academic experts co-ordinated by Professor Whitfield; academic researchers and lawyers who advised on changing aspects of employment relations legislation; and policy officials within the DTI. The sponsors and research team would like to thank the managers, employees and employee representatives who gave freely of their time to participate in this study. Without their co-operation, the study would not be possible.

Citation

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Department of Trade and Industry. Employment Markets Analysis and Research, Forth, J., Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Policy Studies Institute, Office for National Statistics. (2011). Workplace Employment Relations Survey: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings Linked Dataset, 2004: Secure Access. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6840, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6840-1

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Subject Categories

Income, property and investment - Economics
Industrial relations - Employment and labour

Abstract

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The Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) is a national survey of the state of employment relations and working life inside British workplaces. The purpose of WERS has been to provide large-scale, statistically reliable evidence about a broad range of industrial relations and employment practices across almost every sector of the economy in Great Britain. This evidence is collected with several objectives in mind. It aims to provide a mapping of employment relations practices in workplaces across Great Britain, monitor changes in those practices over time, inform policy development and permit an informed assessment of the effects of public policy, and bring about a greater understanding of employment relations as well as of the labour market. The Secure Access version of the WERS data for 2004 is held under SN 6712.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is one of the largest surveys of the earnings of individuals in the UK. Data on the wages, hours of work, and pensions arrangements of nearly one per cent of the working population are collected. Other variables relating to age, occupation and industrial classification are also available. The ASHE sample is drawn from National Insurance records for working individuals, and the survey forms are sent to their respective employers to complete. While limited in terms of personal characteristics compared to surveys such as the Labour Force Survey, the ASHE is useful not only because of its larger sample size, but also the responses regarding wages and hours are considered to be more accurate, since the responses are provided by employers rather than from employees themselves. The Secure Access version of the ASHE data for 2004 is held under SN 6689.

The Office for National Statistics Virtual Micro-data Laboratory has created a combined WERS-ASHE dataset. These combined data were constructed by linking observations from the WERS 2004 Survey of Managers to data from the ASHE.

Researchers who apply to use these data should be aware that they will only receive access to the combined data from the WERS Survey of Managers dataset and the ASHE dataset. If researchers wish to access other WERS 2004 data (i.e. the Survey of Employee Representatives, the Survey of Employees, and the Financial Performance Questionnaire data), they should also apply for SN 6712.

Geographical references: postcodes
The postcodes available in these data are pseudo-anonymised postcodes. The real postcodes are not available due to the potential risk of identification of the observations. However, these replacement postcodes retain the inherent nested characteristics of real postcodes, and will allow researchers to aggregate observations to other geographic units, e.g. wards, super output areas, etc. In the dataset, the variables of the replacement postcodes are 'new_wPC' (work) and 'new_hPC' (home).

Main Topics:
The WERS 2004 Survey of Managers contains questions on:
  • recruitment and training
  • consultation and communication
  • employee representation
  • pay determination and payment systems
  • grievance and discipline
  • equal opportunities
  • work-life balance
  • health and safety
  • flexibility
  • establishment performance
  • change
  • attitudes to work
In addition to the main topics covered by the WERS 2004 Survey of Managers, the dataset includes survey data from the ASHE. The ASHE contains a small number of variables relating to:
  • wages
  • hours of work
  • pension arrangements
  • occupation and industrial classifications
  • age and date of birth
  • employment size and legal status of employer
  • pay setting (i.e. whether this is agreed with trade unions)

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2004
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Health Authority Regions
LAU-1 Areas
Local Authority Districts
NUTS-I Areas
NUTS-II Areas
NUTS-III Areas
Output Areas
Postcode (Unit) [anonymised]
Primary Care Trusts
Standard Statistical Regions
Super Output Areas (Lower Layer)
Training and Enterprise Councils
Travel to Work Areas
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Institutions/organisations
Kind of data: Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Business microdata
Universe: National
All establishments in Britain with five or more employees and operating in Sections D-O of SIC2003.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Number of units: 5,922 cases
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Linked WERS-Ashe database
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation (including documentation for SN 6689 and 6712) for details.

Thesaurus search on keywords

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ABSENTEEISMACCOUNTANTSACCOUNTANTS
ACCOUNTSACCOUNTSADMINISTRATION
ADMINISTRATIONADMINISTRATIVE AREASADMINISTRATIVE AREAS
ADVICEADVICEAGE
AGEAPPOINTMENT TO JOBAPPOINTMENT TO JOB
ARBITRATIONARBITRATIONARRANGEMENT OF WORKING TIME
ASSETSATTITUDE CHANGEATTITUDE CHANGE
ATTITUDESATTITUDESBONUS PAYMENTS
BONUS PAYMENTSBUILDINGSBUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION STUDIES
BUSINESS FORMATIONBUSINESS MANAGEMENTBUSINESS MANAGEMENT
BUSINESS OWNERSHIPBUSINESS RECORDSBUSINESS RECORDS
BUSINESSESBUSINESSESCAPITAL
CENTRAL GOVERNMENTCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCHILD CARE
CHILD CARECHILDRENCHILDREN
CHRONIC ILLNESSCHRONIC ILLNESSCLOSED SHOP AGREEMENTS
CLOSED SHOP AGREEMENTSCOLLECTIVE AGREEMENTSCOLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS
COLLECTIVE BARGAININGCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGCOMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
COMMITTEESCOMMITTEESCOMMUNICATION PROCESS
COMMUNICATION PROCESSCOMMUNICATION SKILLSCOMMUTING
COMMUTINGCOMPANIESCOMPANIES
COMPUTER TECHNIQUESCOMPUTER TECHNIQUESCONCILIATION
CONCILIATIONCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
CONFLICT RESOLUTIONCONFLICT RESOLUTIONCONSUMER GOODS
CONSUMER GOODSCONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTSCONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
COSTSCOSTSCUSTOMERS
CUSTOMERSDAY NURSERIESDAY NURSERIES
DEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDECISION MAKING
DECISION MAKINGDEVELOPMENT PLANNINGDEVELOPMENT PLANNING
DEVELOPMENTDEVELOPMENTDISABILITIES
DISABILITIESDISCIPLINEDISCIPLINE
DISCRIMINATIONDISCRIMINATIONDISMISSAL
DISMISSALDISSEMINATION OF INFORMATIONDISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC COMPETITIONECONOMIC COMPETITION
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSECONOMIC CONDITIONSECONOMIC VALUE
ECONOMIC VALUEEMPLOYEESEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYERS' ORGANIZATIONSEMPLOYERS' ORGANIZATIONSEMPLOYERS
EMPLOYERSEMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAININGEMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYEMPLOYMENT HISTORYEMPLOYMENT SERVICES
EMPLOYMENT SERVICESEMPLOYMENTEQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EQUAL OPPORTUNITYETHNIC GROUPSETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN UNIONFINANCIAL INCENTIVESFINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENTFRANCHISES (BUSINESS)FRANCHISES (BUSINESS)
FREQUENCY OF PAYFRINGE BENEFITSFRINGE BENEFITS
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDER
GENDERGOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONSGOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS
GOVERNMENT POLICYGOVERNMENT POLICYGREAT BRITAIN
GREAT BRITAINGROUPSGROUPS
HOME-BASED WORKHOME-BASED WORKHOURS OF WORK
HOURS OF WORKHUMAN RESOURCESHUMAN RESOURCES
INCENTIVESINCENTIVESINDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES
INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISESINDUSTRIAL INJURIESINDUSTRIAL INJURIES
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PROCEDURESINDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PROCEDURESINDUSTRIAL TRIBUNALS
INDUSTRIAL TRIBUNALSINDUSTRIESINDUSTRIES
INFORMATION SOURCESINFORMATION SOURCESINFORMATION TRANSFER
INFORMATION TRANSFERINNOVATIONINNOVATION
IN-SERVICE TRAININGIN-SERVICE TRAININGINTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONINVOLUNTARY SHORT TIME WORKINGJOB CHARACTERISTICS
JOB CHARACTERISTICSJOB DESCRIPTIONJOB DESCRIPTION
JOB EVALUATIONJOB EVALUATIONJOB REQUIREMENTS
JOB REQUIREMENTSJOB SATISFACTIONJOB SATISFACTION
JOB SECURITYJOB SECURITYJOB SHARING
JOB SHARINGJOB VACANCIESJOB VACANCIES
LABOUR DISPUTESLABOUR DISPUTESLABOUR ECONOMICS
LABOUR ECONOMICSLABOUR FORCELABOUR FORCE
LABOUR PRODUCTIVITYLABOUR PRODUCTIVITYLABOUR RELATIONS
LABOUR RELATIONSLABOUR SUPPLYLABOUR SUPPLY
LAWYERSLAWYERSLEAVE
LEAVELEGISLATIONLEGISLATION
LOBBYINGLOCATION OF INDUSTRYMANAGEMENT OPERATIONS
MANAGEMENT OPERATIONSMANAGERSMANAGERS
MARITAL STATUSMARKET STRUCTUREMARKET STRUCTURE
MARKETS (ECONOMICS)MARKETS (ECONOMICS)MATERNITY LEAVE
MEETINGSMEETINGSMEMBERSHIP
MEMBERSHIPMENMEN
MERGERSMERGERSMINORITY GROUPS
MINORITY GROUPSMUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASESOBJECTIVES
OBJECTIVESOCCUPATIONAL DISEASESOCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS
OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSOCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSOCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETYOCCUPATIONAL STATUSOCCUPATIONAL STATUS
OCCUPATIONSOCCUPATIONSORGANIZATIONS
ORGANIZATIONSOVERTIMEOVERTIME
PART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPATERNITY LEAVE
PATERNITY LEAVEPENSION CONTRIBUTIONSPERFORMANCE INDICATORS
PERFORMANCE INDICATORSPERFORMANCEPERFORMANCE
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPERSONNEL MANAGEMENTPERSONNEL RECORDS
PERSONNEL RECORDSPERSONNEL SELECTIONPERSONNEL SELECTION
PICKETINGPICKETINGPLACE OF RESIDENCE
PRIMARY DOCUMENTSPRIVATE PENSIONSPRIVATE SECTOR
PRIVATE SECTORPRIVATIZATIONPRIVATIZATION
PROBLEM SOLVINGPROBLEM SOLVINGPRODUCTIVITY
PRODUCTIVITYPRODUCTSPRODUCTS
PROFIT SHARINGPROFIT SHARINGPROFITS
PROMOTION (JOB)PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTSPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
PUBLIC SECTORPUBLIC SECTORPURCHASING
QUALIFICATIONSQUALIFICATIONSQUALITY CONTROL
QUALITY CONTROLQUALITYQUALITY
RATES OF PAYRATES OF PAYRECRUITMENT
RECRUITMENTREDRESS OF GRIEVANCESREDRESS OF GRIEVANCES
REDUNDANCYREDUNDANCYRELIABILITY
RENTSREPORTSRESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
RESISTANCE TO CHANGERESISTANCE TO CHANGERESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES
REWARDSREWARDSROLE CHANGE
ROLE CHANGESELF-EMPLOYEDSHARES
SHARESSHIFT WORKSHIFT WORK
SICK LEAVESICK LEAVESKIN DISEASES
SMALL BUSINESSESSMALL BUSINESSESSOCIAL POLICY
SOCIAL POLICYSPECIALISTSSTAKEHOLDER PENSIONS
STANDARDSSTANDARDSSTRATEGIES
STRATEGIESSTRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)STRIKES
STRIKESSUBCONTRACTINGSUBCONTRACTING
SUBSCRIPTIONSSUBSIDIESSUNDAY WORKING
SUPERVISIONSUPERVISIONSUPERVISORS
SUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUSSURVEYS
SURVEYSTEMPORARY EMPLOYMENTTEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT
TERMINATION OF SERVICETOP MANAGEMENTTOP MANAGEMENT
TRADE ASSOCIATIONSTRADE ASSOCIATIONSTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRADE UNION OFFICIALSTRADE UNION OFFICIALS
TRADE UNION RIGHTSTRADE UNION RIGHTSTRADE UNIONS
TRADE UNIONSTRAINING COURSESTRAINING COURSES
TRAININGTRAININGTRANSNATIONAL ENTERPRISES
TRANSNATIONAL ENTERPRISESTURNOVERUNITED KINGDOM
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATESVOTINGVOTING
WAGE DEMANDSWAGE DEMANDSWAGE DETERMINATION
WAGE DETERMINATIONWAGE INCREASESWAGE INCREASES
WAGESWAGESWOMEN
WOMENWOMEN'S EMPLOYMENTWOMEN'S EMPLOYMENT
WORK ATTITUDEWORK ATTITUDEWORKERS PARTICIPATION
WORKERS PARTICIPATIONWORKERS' RIGHTSWORKERS' RIGHTS
WORKERSWORKING CONDITIONSWORKING CONDITIONS
WORKPLACEWORKS COUNCILSWORKS COUNCILS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 18 August 2011
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Research article 6840article.pdf 220
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 6840_UKDA_Data_Dictionary.pdf 2161
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6840_Information.htm 7
READ File read6840.htm 10

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
General publications:

Details of publications and technical reports may be found on the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) Workplace Employee Relations Surveys web page, and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) (formerly BERR) WERS 2004 web pages, and the WERS 2004 Information and Advice Service (WIAS) web site.

Publications specific to WERS Time-Series data:

Millward, N., Forth, J. and Bryson, A. (1999) 'Changes in employment relations, 1990-1998', in M. Cully et al. Britain at work: as depicted by the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey, London: Routledge.

Millward, N., Forth, J. and Bryson, A. (2000) All change at work? British employment relations 1980-1998, as portrayed by the Workplace Industrial Relations Survey series, London: Routledge.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Knight, K.G. and Latreille, P.L. (2000) 'Discipline, dismissals and complaints to employment tribunals', Journal of Industrial Relations, 0007-1080, December, pp.533-555.

Sutherland, J. (2003) 'The experience of work: is working for an overseas-owned multinational so different?', Employee Relations, 25(2), pp.149-167.

Sutherland, J. (2004) 'The prevalence of 'Japanese' management polices and practices in manufacturing workplaces in the UK', Asian Business and Management, 3, pp.39-56.

Sutherland, J. (2004) 'The determinants of training: evidence from the 1998 Workplace and Employee Relations Survey', Economic Issues, 9(1), pp.23-37.

Sutherland, J. (2004) 'The prevalence of 'Japanese' management policies and practices in manufacturing workplaces in Britain', Asian Business and Management, 3, pp.39-56.

Urwin, P., Michielsens, E. and Waters, J. (2006), 'The contribution of employee relations practice to high performance workplaces: case studies on work-life balance and diversity practice', CIPD Professional Standards Conference, Keele University, June 2006; also presented at BUIRA Conference 2006.

Urwin, P. and Buscha, F. (2007), 'Changing gender and ethnic diversity in the UK workplace: what can we learn from the 2004 WERS?', WERS 2004 User Group Meeting, March 2007.

Rose, M. (2007) 'Why so fed up and footloose in IT? Spelling out the associations between occupation and overall job satisfaction shown by WERS 2004', Industrial Relations Journal, 38(4), pp.356-384.

Rose, M. (2007) 'Extending coverage of job satisfaction in the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004 Employee Survey', in K. Whitfield and K. Huxley (eds.) Substantive and methodological innovations in WERS 5: official guide, London/Swindon: DTI, PSI, NIESR and ESRC.

Rose, M. (2007) 'Qualifications and work attitudes: recent findings for the UK', in M. Chaponnière et al. (eds.) Bildung und Beschäftigung, Zurich: Rüegger Verlag; ISBN 978-3-7253-0809-5.

Rose, M. (2007) 'Compétences réquises et compétences offertes', in Sociologie empirique, sociologie critique: autour de Claude Durand, Toulouse: Octarès Éditions, EAN 9782915346534, ISSN 1957-9675.

Rose, M. (2007) 'Extending coverage of job satisfaction in the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations survey', paper presented at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, 23 March 2007.

Rose, M. and Brynin, M. (2007) 'Occupational flexibility: the career trajectories of it workers', paper presented at the BHPS Users Conference, University of Essex, 6 July, 2007, and at the Fifth WES International Conference, University of Aberdeen, 2007.

Siebert, W.S., Heywood, J. and Wei, X. (2007) 'The implicit costs of family friendly work practices', Oxford Economic Papers, 59(20), pp.275-300. (Uses WERS98)

Forth, J., Bewley, H. and Bryson, A. (2006) Small and medium-sized enterprises: findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey, London: Department of Trade and Industry.

Kersley, B. et al. (2006) Inside the workplace: findings from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey, London: Routledge.

Robert A. Hart, Yue Ma (2008) Wage-Hours Contracts, Overtime Working and Premium Pay, IZA Discussion Paper No. 3797, Bonn, Germany.

Jones, M.K., Latreille, P.L. and Sloane, P.J. Job anxiety, work-related psychological illness and workplace performance, IZA Discussion Paper No. 5809, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit/Institute for the Study of Labor. (version also forthcoming in the British Journal of Industrial Relations.) Retrieved September 16, 2015, from http://ftp.iza.org/dp5809.pdf

Blundell, R., Green,D. and Jin W. (2016) The UK wage premium puzzle: how did a large increase in university graduates leave the education premium unchanged?, IFS Working Paper W16/01. Retrieved September 28, 2016 from https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/8322

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