Job satisfaction: comparability across BHPS and Understanding Society
Hi! I'd be interested to know whether there is a joint "job satisfaction variable" that can be used across teh BHPS and Understanding Society. There seems to be jbsat_bh for the BHPS and jbsat for Understanding Society and they seem to be equivalent. But I would like to know whether they can be used as equivalents or whether there is a reason those have not yet been harmonised?
Thanks and best,
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The main reason we have not harmonised these variables was that jbsat in BHPS wasn't asked of self employed participants, but in UKHLS it is. If you want to use it for employees only you may decide to consider the variables harmonisable. Other differences to take into account when deciding are that the question wording is slightly different, as you can see in the questionnaires (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/questionnaires), and the responses area all labelled (e.g. somewhat satisfied) in UKHLS but only 1, 4, 7 are labelled in BHPS.