Labour market: Analysis of the NIDS Wave 1 dataset

Type Working Paper - NIDS Discussion Paper no. 12
Title Labour market: Analysis of the NIDS Wave 1 dataset
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief summary of the labour market subset of the NIDS data. Most sections in this paper relate to the various sections in the adult questionnaire. We further include a short section on labour market information obtained from the proxy questionnaires, as well as the impact that this data has on the aggregate measures. We provide some personal commentary on our findings in each section, and highlight any findings or data related characteristics that may prove to be of interest to subsequent users of the data. All results are obtained using the post-stratification weights, unless specified otherwise. The remainder of this paper is structured as follows: Section 2 provides a summary of the data at a broad level. Section 3 explores employment in more detail, including wage employment, self employment, casual employment and other types of non-wage employment. Section 4 describes working conditions, with an emphasis on hours worked and earnings. Section 5 relates to the unemployed, their experiences and expectations. Section 6 analyses search methods, both those used by people searching for jobs as well as those that were used by people who are currently employed. Section 7 considers the group who are not economically active. Section 8 incorporates information from the proxy questionnaires. Section 9 does a data quality consistency check by comparing summary statistics from NIDS with corresponding statistics obtained from the South African Labour Force Surveys conducted at approximately the same time. Section 10 considers the impact of various forms of interviewee non-response on the sample and Section 11 provides a concluding discussion.

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