Support #1063

Employment variables

Added by Armine Ghazaryan over 5 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

Data inconsistency
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I've noticed that employment status of some variables in the Main survey don't match. For instance, EMPLOY, JBFT_DV and JBSTAT. That is, a person unemployed according to EMPLOY appears "in paid employment (full or part-time)" in JBSTAT. Is it due to a timing issue, or am I missing something?

Many thanks.


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Dear Amie,

These variables don't match because they are based on different parts of the questionnaire where people may answer differently, and we do not edit the data for consistency.

w_employ is a question which is part of the household grid and will be answered by the member of the household who responds to the household grid questions:

w_jbft_dv is a derived variable ( based on responses to w_jshrs, w_jbhrs, w_jbsemp, w_jbhas, w_jboff and w_jbot. These questions are part of the current employment (, employees ( and self employment modules (

w_jbstat is a question asked of an individual in the demographics module:

Someone may have just finished working, just gone on maternity leave, count themselves as retired but still work part time etc., and so the wording of the questions may result in answers which don't seem to match.

Best wishes,


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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