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|Title:||Labour Force Survey Five-Quarter Longitudinal Dataset, January 2010 - March 2011|
|Series:||Labour Force Survey [Labour Force Survey Five-Quarter Longitudinal Datasets, 1992-]|
|Depositor:||Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division|
Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit
Office for National Statistics
Northern Ireland. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
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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.
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.
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: 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.
|For the second edition (June 2012), a new data file has been deposited, weighted to 2010 population figures. A new version of the longitudinal user guide has been added to the documentation.
The five-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.
|Dates of fieldwork:||January 2010 - March 2011|
Government Office Regions
Standard Statistical Regions
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59 at any linked quarter
Each dataset comprises data from five waves of the QLFS.
See documentation for details
|Method of data collection:||
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
the datasets were created from existing QLFS 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 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.|
The longitudinal datasets are wholly derived from data collected for the QLFS.
|ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||AGE|
|APPRENTICESHIP||ATTITUDES||CARE OF DEPENDANTS|
|CHILD BENEFITS||CHILDREN||CHRONIC ILLNESS|
|DISABLED PERSONS||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES|
|EDUCATIONAL FEES||EDUCATIONAL LEVELS||EMPLOYEES|
|EMPLOYMENT HISTORY||EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES||EMPLOYMENT SERVICES|
|FAMILY BENEFITS||FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT||GENDER|
|GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD||HEALTH|
|HEARING IMPAIRMENTS||HOME-BASED WORK||HOURS OF WORK|
|HOUSEHOLDS||HOUSING BENEFITS||HOUSING TENURE|
|ILL HEALTH||INCOME||INCOME-RELATED BENEFITS|
|INDUSTRIES||IN-SERVICE TRAINING||JOB CHANGING|
|JOB HUNTING||JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCE||LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT|
|LABOUR FORCE||LANDLORDS||LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT|
|MANAGERS||MARITAL STATUS||MENTAL DISORDERS|
|NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||OCCUPATIONAL STATUS||OCCUPATIONS|
|OVERTIME||PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT||PLACE OF BIRTH|
|PLACE OF RESIDENCE||PRIVATE SECTOR||PUBLIC SECTOR|
|RENTED ACCOMMODATION||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY||RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES|
|SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT||SELF-EMPLOYED|
|SICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS||SKIN DISEASES||SOCIAL CLASS|
|SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS||SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS||SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS|
|STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS||SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENT||SUPERVISORY STATUS|
|TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT||TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP||TRAINING|
|UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS||UNEMPLOYMENT||UNITED KINGDOM|
|UNWAGED WORKERS||VISION IMPAIRMENTS||WAGES|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||20 September 2011|
|Latest edition:||01 June 2012 (2nd 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|
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|User Guide - LFS Two- and Five-Quarter Longitudinal Datasets 2012||lfs_user_guide_longitudinal2012.pdf||248|
|User Guide Vol.1 Background and Methodology||lfs_user_guide_vol1_background2009.pdf||2575|
|User Guide Vol.2 - Questionnaire 2010||lfs_user_guide_vol2_questionnaire2010.pdf||968|
|User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 1992-2002||lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails1992-2002.pdf||2653|
|User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 2010||lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails2010.pdf||2428|
|User Guide Vol.4 - Standard Derived Variables||lfs_user_guide_vol4_derivedvariables2010.pdf||1811|
|User Guide Vol.5 - Classifications||lfs_user_guide_vol5_classifications2009.pdf||1168|
|User Guide Vol.6 - Local Area Data||lfs_user_guide_vol6_localareadata2007.pdf||957|
|User Guide Vol.7 - LFS Variables 1979-1991||lfs_user_guide_vol7_variabledetails1979_1991.pdf||1204|
|User Guide Vol.8 - Household and Family Data||lfs_user_guide_vol8_household2008.pdf||537|
|User Guide Vol.9 - Eurostat and Eurostat Derived Variables||lfs_user_guide_vol9_eurostat2010.pdf||1850|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_6796_Information.htm||7|
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: