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GUIDELINES FOR FOLLOWING THE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) questionnaire numbers are not in sequential order. This allows for future changes to the LFS questionnaire without having to reorder the entire questionnaire.
In the February, May and August months, supplementary survey questions are attached to the main labour force questionnaire. When all of the appropriate labour force questions have been asked in relation to a householder, the interview is sequenced to the supplementary survey questions if the householder is in the relevant target population.
Each month, a selected householder from each household in the outgoing rotation group is asked additional questions as part of the Multi Purpose Household Survey. These questions are asked after the Labour Force questions have been completed for all members of the household.
These questions comprise the Household form and collect demographic and survey control information. Please note that the Household form (questions 1—18) is not included in the attached LFS questionnaire.
Filter questions to identify those most likely to be employed (people who respond 'yes' to questions 19–21), to identify those most likely to be unemployed (people who answer 'yes' to questions 22–25), and to determine the majority of persons not in the labour force.
Identify employed persons and obtain information on employment characteristics, including actual and usual hours worked, underemployment, occupation and industry, leave entitlements and job tenure.
Identify unemployed persons and obtain information on unemployment related characteristics, including duration of job search, occupation, industry and reasons for leaving last job.
Identify all people who have left or lost a job in the last three months and the reasons for leaving their job, to provide information on retrenchments.
Identify people's educational qualification and determine their current study status. i.e. whether currently studying full-time, part-time or not at all. These questions are only asked of a respondent once during their time first month in the survey, unless their responses indicate that a person has changed their educational qualifications.
IDENTIFYING LABOUR FORCE STATUS
Labour force status is derived by asking a series of questions about a person's work related activities in the reference period. Some guidelines for identifying labour force status from the current questionnaire are provided below.
Identifying employed persons from the questionnaire
Persons who respond (in questions 19 to 21) that they worked in a job, business or farm, or in a family business without pay, or that they had a job they were away from in the reference week, are sequenced to further questions that confirm their status as employed. Although people will be sequenced through various question paths as applicable to their labour force experience, employed people can be identified from the questionnaire when one of the following conditions is met:
Identifying unemployed persons from the questionnaire
Persons who did not have a job but had been looking for work in the four weeks to the end of the reference week (as reported in questions 22 and 23), and people who, although they report that they have a job, fail to satisfy the employed criteria as specified above, are sequenced to further questions to determine if they are unemployed. In order for a person to be classified as unemployed, one of the following conditions must be met:
Identifying persons not in the labour force from the questionnaire
Most people not in the labour force are identified at the beginning of the questionnaire, so that they are not asked questions that do not apply to them. These people are identified in the questionnaire as follows:
The balance of people who are not in the labour force are identified later in the questionnaire, if they have failed to meet all the criteria to be classified as either employed or unemployed. Specifically:
Different type faces are used throughout the questionnaire to indicate to interviewers how the questions should be asked. The conventions used in the questionnaire are outlined below:
The LFS is conducted on the basis that any responsible adult (ARA) should usually be able to answer the questions on behalf of all other household members. In the questionnaire, square brackets [ ], are used to identify different wording of a question depending on whom the respondent is answering the questions of. For example, 'your/name's', 'you/him/her', may be appropriate references.
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