LFS User Update
London, 28 November 2013
Purpose
1. To inform users of updates to LFS in 2013 that
impact on time series analysis
2. To provide warning of forthcom...
2013 Updates
- Harmonised questions
- Other question changes
Ethnicity
Harmonised ethnicity questions
adopted on LFS in 2011
Main change from ‘To which of
these groups do you
belong? ...
Disability questions
• Prior to April 2013 DISCURR related to health
problems or disabilities that limit your ability to
c...
Benefits
• April 2013: Benefits questions tweaked to
capture Universal Credit introduction
associated with JSA.

• April 2...
Reason for leaving last job questions
• Prior to January 2013 REDYL11 grouped
“made redundant or took voluntary
redundancy...
2014 and beyond
The LFS questionnaire is long
compared with other countries’
Questionnaire lengths in European LFSs



* marks voluntary ...
Our efforts are on keeping the questionnaire
focused on current Policy dimensions and key
labour market topics
2014 questi...
Geographies in 2014 and 2015
• LFS and APS datasets to have 9 Digit Census 2011
geographies attached
• Incorporate Census ...
2011 Census Reweighting
• LFS and APS datasets to be reweighted in 2014
• To incorporate new Census 2011 population
estima...
Communications
• We plan to produce a new method of communicating
changes. Spreadsheet on website.
• Please use lfs@ons.gs...
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Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update

  1. 1. LFS User Update London, 28 November 2013
  2. 2. Purpose 1. To inform users of updates to LFS in 2013 that impact on time series analysis 2. To provide warning of forthcoming changes
  3. 3. 2013 Updates - Harmonised questions - Other question changes
  4. 4. Ethnicity Harmonised ethnicity questions adopted on LFS in 2011 Main change from ‘To which of these groups do you belong? ......to ‘What is your ethnic background?’ Report identified: Long term impact -> increase in mentions of some non-white groups And some Short term impact -> due to multiple questioning Published on ONS web site under ‘Guidance and Methodology’ http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/methodquality/specific/labour-market/articles-andreports/index.html
  5. 5. Disability questions • Prior to April 2013 DISCURR related to health problems or disabilities that limit your ability to carry out normal day to day activities...without ...medication or treatment” • April 2013 focus moved to exclude “without...medication or treatment”. Variable renamed DISCURR13.
  6. 6. Benefits • April 2013: Benefits questions tweaked to capture Universal Credit introduction associated with JSA. • April 2014 move to harmonised standards (DWP request), incorporating Universal Credit
  7. 7. Reason for leaving last job questions • Prior to January 2013 REDYL11 grouped “made redundant or took voluntary redundancy” • January 2013 split into “made redundant” and “took voluntary redundancy”. Variable renamed REDYL13.
  8. 8. 2014 and beyond
  9. 9. The LFS questionnaire is long compared with other countries’ Questionnaire lengths in European LFSs  * marks voluntary countries Mins 40 Wave 1 • Waves 2+ 35 More cross analysis 30  25 20 15 • 10 5 • 0 UK* ES DE IT NL* IE* SI* FI* More respondent burden; Impact on response rates
  10. 10. Our efforts are on keeping the questionnaire focused on current Policy dimensions and key labour market topics 2014 question additions    Social Mobility People working beyond retirement age Self employment 2014 question reductions    Reduced frequency of questions Ethnicity, Nationality, National Identity, Religion not changed after wave 1 Eurostat Employment Pattern questions restricted to wave 1
  11. 11. Geographies in 2014 and 2015 • LFS and APS datasets to have 9 Digit Census 2011 geographies attached • Incorporate Census 2011 geographies into weighting • Use Census 2011 geographies as the basis for sampling, from 2015
  12. 12. 2011 Census Reweighting • LFS and APS datasets to be reweighted in 2014 • To incorporate new Census 2011 population estimates • Hundreds of data sets to be re-issued Prioritise Stagger releases • Data made available to UKDA in addition to existing datasets.
  13. 13. Communications • We plan to produce a new method of communicating changes. Spreadsheet on website. • Please use lfs@ons.gsi.gov.uk for queries • 300 queries last year • We aim to maximise effectiveness of our communications. Ideas welcome to reach maximum audience within constraints.
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