Current and past employment and non-employment at UKHLS wave 2
I have a couple questions about employment and non-employment spells from wave 2.
1. In wave 2 of UKHLS, b_nxtjbes is a variable specifying whether paid work of the 'next' spell was employment or self-employment (working forwards in time from the fed-forward current activity from the previous wave).From the questionnaire documentation it appears that this should have been part of a loop which was repeated until the current activity was reached. But unlike b_nextstat and b_nextelse for which there are corresponding sets of 10 variables for specific past spells (e.g. b_nextstat to b_nextstat10), b_nxtjbes does not appear to have been repeated for all the past activity spells since the last interview. Given this, is there any other way to determine whether these past spells of paid work were employment or self-employment?
2.Also in wave 2 of UKHLS, the variables b_jbbgd b_jbbgm b_jbbgy contain information on the start date of current employment. However there does not appear to be anything analagous for non-work activities which are current, unless I missing something? For these, would the best bet then be to use the end date of the last past activity in the sequence(i.e. for example b_statendd2 b_statendm2, b_statendy42 if b_currstat3==2), or is there something else more directly comparable to the start dates of current job?