Support #1288

Overtime variables

Added by Xavier Castelino over 4 years ago. Updated 8 months ago.

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Hi there,

I've been looking at the overtime variables, and am a little confused at the measurement technique. Both jbot and jbotpd claim to measure overtime exclusive of any existing normal working hours, yet there are some readings according to which individuals can have up to 90 hours of overtime a week despite already claiming to work 80 hours a week normally (from the jbhrs variable). How should I interpret jbot and jbotpd?

Many thanks


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 4 years ago

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Dear Xavier,

You can see the flow of the questions, either by downloading the full questionnaire here:
or looking at the module in the online documentation - this is for Wave 9:

The wording for w_jbotpd is "How much of that overtime is usually paid overtime?", and is asked after w_jbot, so these figures should not be added together.

The numbers given are simply reported as answered by the respondents, and it is up to the analyst to decide what to do if some values seem unlikely. If you would like to discuss this with other analysts then you could join our jiscmail list by emailing

Best wishes,


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team over 1 year ago

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Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 8 months ago

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Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 8 months ago

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