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The Labour Force Survey (LFS), which began in 1973 as an annual survey, is a unique source of articulated 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. From March 1992, quarterly data were made available and the survey became known as the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). As well as the main survey, several sub-sample and derived datasets are also produced, including longitudinal series and a Eurostat version of the dataset.
GN 33132 | Labour Force Survey, 1975-1991
GN 33246 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey, 1992-
GN 33286 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey: Local Area Data, 1992-2006
GN 33298 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey Household Datasets, 1990-
GN 33315 | Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Datasets, 1992-
GN 33316 | Labour Force Survey Five-Quarter Longitudinal Datasets, 1992-
GN 33366 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey Eurostat Datasets, 1999-
GN 33378 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey: Special Licence Access, 2001-
GN 33399 | Labour Force Survey Annual Eurostat Datasets, 1999-
GN 33400 | Labour Force Survey Ad Hoc Module Eurostat Datasets, 2002-
GN 33432 | Quarterly Labour Force Survey, 1992- : Secure Access
GN 33504 | Labour Force Survey Longitudinal Datasets, April 2001- : Secure Access
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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).
The LFS covers all adults in private households in the UK. It also includes those living in NHS accommodation and young people (aged 16-24) in student halls of residence or similar institutions.
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 first part of the questionnaire 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 year onwards, the questions cover all health problems. Detailed questions on income have also been included in each quarter since 1993. The