APPENDIX 1 JOB SEARCH EXPERIENCE SURVEY REDESIGN
The July 2011 Job Search Experience Survey (JSE) was redeveloped to capture more information on a person's experience in looking for work. This relates to unemployed persons, persons who had been employed for more than a year in their current job, as well as owner managers and their reasons for starting/purchasing a business.
This change has resulted in a break in series for all current population groups:
- Unemployed persons;
- Employed persons who started their current job in the previous 12 months; and
- Employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprises) who started their current job in the previous 12 months.
The redevelopment also introduces two new population groups:
- Owner managers who started their current business in the previous 12 months; and
- Persons employed for more than a year in their current job who looked for work in the previous 12 months.
Users need to exercise care when comparing data about current populations in the 2011 publication with previous releases as data about these population groups have changed.
CHANGES IN SCOPE
Prior to July 2011, the following persons were included in the JSE survey:
- persons who started working in a new job/business, were still working in the most recently started job at the time of interview and changed employer to start that job; and
- unemployed persons.
From July 2011, in addition to the current LFS and JSE survey exclusions:
- single jobholders who were contributing family workers in their current job are excluded from the survey;
- persons who were employed for more than a year in their current job and were looking for work during the previous 12 months are included in the survey; and
- future job starters (who did not look for work) are included in the survey (estimated at 4,700 persons in 2011).
As a result of these changes, there are increases to the populations of JSE. The following tables show a comparison between the newly derived JSE populations and previous JSE (prior to July 2011) populations using 2011 data.
NEW DATA ITEMS
As a result of the redevelopment, the following data items are included in the JSE 2011 publication:
CHANGES TO DATA ITEMS
- Whether turned down job offers (in current period of unemployment);
- Reasons for turning down job offers (in current period of unemployment);
- Main reason for turning down job offers (in current period of unemployment);
- Whether considered starting or purchasing a business in the last 12 months;
- Reasons for not starting or purchasing a business in the last 12 months;
- Whether started or purchased a business;
- Reasons for starting or purchasing a business;
- Main reason for starting or purchasing a business;
- All steps taken to find work in the previous 12 months;
- Reasons for looking for other work while still employed;
- All difficulties in getting another job; and
- Main difficulty in getting another job.
The data item 'Whether first job ever held lasting two weeks or more' has been amended to include the population of owner managers.
Persons who had been unemployed for one year or less were asked questions about time spent looking for work. Previously this was not the case. As a result of this change the data item 'Time spent looking for work in the previous 12 months' has changed.
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