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Understanding Couples' Experiences of Job Loss in Recessionary Britain: a Linked Qualitative Study, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access

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SN: 7657
Title: Understanding Couples' Experiences of Job Loss in Recessionary Britain: a Linked Qualitative Study, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7657-1
Depositor: Gush, K., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Principal investigator(s): Gush, K., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Laurie, H., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Data collector(s): Gush, K., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: ES/I037628/1

Citation

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Gush, K., Laurie, H. (2015). Understanding Couples' Experiences of Job Loss in Recessionary Britain: a Linked Qualitative Study, 2008-2013: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7657, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7657-1

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Subject Categories

Gender roles - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
Unemployment - Employment and labour

Abstract

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This is a qualitative data collection. To understand the processes and motivations behind changes in labour market behaviour during periods of economic recession, this research project recorded the experiences and views of couple-households exposed to job loss in the Great Recession. Conducted as part of a larger ESRC-funded quantitative project, qualitative interviews were carried out with a purposive sample derived from the Understanding Society Innovation Panel. (The Understanding Society Innovation Panel is an annual panel survey that collects a wide range of information about the economic and social circumstances of those living in 1500 households across Britain.) Using the wealth of longitudinal information in the Understanding Society Innovation Panel, a sampling frame of approximately 150 couple households was identified where someone had either lost their job or was working reduced hours in the period 2008 to 2011. A carefully selected sample of 17 households were followed up and in-depth interviews were conducted with the couple-member who had experienced job loss and, where possible, their partner. The selection process was designed to assemble a sample reflecting a diverse range of household and family profiles; namely, couples with and without children, older and younger children; the pre-retirement phase; a range of incomes; and labour market areas across England more and less affected by the recession. Wherever feasible, partners were interviewed separately to allow each participant the opportunity to express their personal views most freely. Overall this led to 30 interviews, each of about 45 minutes in length. Fieldwork took place between October 2012 and February 2013 and consent was obtained verbally. The research design incorporates the ability to link the interview transcripts to Understanding Society Innovation Panel survey data for future combined analysis of qualitative and quantitative material, subject to Special Licence.

Main Topics:
Topics covered in the in-depth interviews include: contextual details surrounding the job loss event, the extent to which job loss was anticipated, change and continuities in joint labour supply (including the division of domestic labour), consumption and expenditure practices, decision making processes and intra-household bargaining, job seeking behaviour, the use of social networks, outlook and expectations for the future.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: October 2012 - February 2013
Dates of fieldwork: September 2008 - February 2013
Country: England
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Families/households
Kind of data: Textual data
Universe: National
30 respondents across 17 couple-households where one partner had either lost their job or was working reduced hours in the period 2008 to 2011
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Cross-sectional one-time study linked to panel study
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No weighting used

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 30 November 2015
Copyright: Copyright K. Gush, H. Laurie and J. Scott
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information.
In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.
Available to UK applicants only.

Please note:
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Archive and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

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By principal investigator(s):
Gush K, Scott J and Laurie H (2015) 'Households’ responses to spousal job loss: 'all change' or 'carry on as usual'?' Work, Employment and Society, DOI 10.1177/0950017014556411.

Gush K, Scott J and Laurie H (2015) 'Job loss and social capital: the role of family, friends and wider support networks.' ISER Working Paper Series, 2015-07. Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

Laurie H, Gush K, Scott J, Bryan ML and Longhi S (2015) 'Understanding the added worker effect: a multiple methods interpretation.' ISER Working Paper Series, 2015-04 Colchester: Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.


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