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Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update
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Roger Smith (ONS) - Labour Force Survey annual update

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  • 1. LFS User Update London, 28 November 2013
  • 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. 2013 Updates - Harmonised questions - Other question changes
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 2014 and beyond
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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