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Questionnaire module

Requirements

There is no direct question for determining labour force status. It is derived from the responses to questions on age, job indicator, found work, seeking work, job search methods and availability for work.

The requirements for the question on age are specified in the classification and related statistical standard for age. The requirements for the questions on job indicator, found work, seeking work, job search methods and availability for work are listed below.

Job indicator 1

The questionnaire module must determine whether during the reference week the respondent worked for pay or profit in a job, business or farm.

Job indicator 2

The questionnaire module must determine whether during the reference week the respondent had a job, business or farm but was away because of sickness, holidays or any other reason.

Job indicator 3

The questionnaire module must determine whether during the reference week the respondent worked without pay in a family business or farm.

Found work

The questionnaire module must determine if the respondent has found work at the time of the survey and will be starting within 4 weeks of the reference week.

Seeking work

The questionnaire module must determine if the respondent has searched for paid work at any time in the four weeks prior to the reference week.

Job search methods

The questionnaire module must determine all the ways the respondent had searched for work in the four weeks ending with the reference week.

Available for work

The questionnaire module must determine if the respondent would have started a paid job in the reference week, if one had been available.

Example

The questionnaire module below is an example that meets the requirements documented in this statistical standard. Other questionnaire modules may vary in format but should conform to the requirements contained in this statistical standard.

Age

For an example questionnaire module use the following link to age – questionnaire module.

Job indicator 1

Last week did you do any work for pay or profit in a job, business or farm?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

Job indicator 2

Last week did you have a job, business or farm that you were away from because of sickness, holidays or any other reason?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

Job indicator 3

Last week did you work without pay in a family business or farm?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

Found work

Will you be starting work within the next four weeks?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

Seeking work

At any time in the last 4 weeks have you been looking for paid work?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

Job search methods

In the last four weeks have you done any of the following to find work?

[ ] Looked at job advertisements?

[ ] Contacted an employer?

[ ] Contacted a private employment agency?

[ ] Contacted Work and Income New Zealand about a job?

[ ] Placed advertisements about a job?

[ ] Contacted friends or relatives about a job?

[ ] Taken steps to set up your own business?

[ ] Contacted career advisors or vocational guidance officers?

[ ] Other Job Search Methods (please specify) ................................

Available for work

If a job had been available, could you have started last week?

[ ] Yes [ ] No

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