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Hours worked (HRSP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates the number of hours worked by the employed person in all jobs during the week prior to Census night. This excludes any time off but includes overtime and extra time worked.

In standard Census products the data is generally published in ranges using Hours worked (ranges) (HRWRP).

Scope

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Categories

CodeCategory

00-99

0 to 99 hours singly

&&

Not stated

@@

Not applicable

VV

Overseas visitor

Number of categories:  103

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Unemployed persons
  • Persons not in the labour force
  • Persons with Labour force status (LFSP), not stated
  • Persons aged under 15 years                                           

Question(s) from the Census form

Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?

    Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?
    Last week, how many hours did Person 1 work in all jobs?

    Add any overtime or extra time worked and subtract any time off.

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    Hours worked

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      Additional information relating to the question on: Last week, how many hours did the person work in all jobs?

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      Last week, how many hours did Person 1 work in all jobs?

      Add any overtime or extra time worked and subtract any time off.

      More information

      Include all hours the person worked for all jobs, even if those hours are not the hours they usually work.

      Include any overtime and hours spent working at home.

      Do not include time off work, for example, sick leave or annual leave.

      If the person did not work any hours, please enter '0'.

      How this variable is created

      Data for this variable is captured automatically from written numeric responses or the 'None' mark box on the paper form. Outlying values are checked manually to ensure that they match the actual response on the form. The data may include a small proportion of persons with an unusual number of hours worked, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.

      History and changes

      The question relating to Hours worked was first asked in the 1966 Census. In 1971, 1976 and since 1996, the Hours worked question has focused on hours worked in all jobs held in the week prior to the Census.

      No changes have been made for 2021.

      Data use considerations

      Information on hours worked, classified by industry and occupation, allows changes in the labour force to be analysed. It also enhances the use of Journey to Work data for transport studies.

      Hours worked, when used in combination with Labour force status (LFSP), provides information on full-time and part-time employment. For Census purposes, a person is considered to be working full-time if they worked 35 hours or more in all jobs during the week prior to Census night.

      A number of regions across the country were in various stages of lockdown on Census day, and the week preceding it, resulting in a greater number of people being temporarily stood down. Even if lockdowns impacted a person's normal working hours, respondents were asked to answer this question accurately per their current situation. 
       

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