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Current and past employment and non-employment at UKHLS wave 2

Added by Amanda Hughes over 5 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

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Hello,

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?

Thanks,

Amanda

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#1 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

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The non-employment status, nextelse, is dealt with in the same loop as the employment status question, nextstat. If the respondent answers “something else” to nextstat the next question will be the nextelse with response categories such as “unemployed looking for work”, etc. For each spell (each loop iteration) there is a question about the date job or other activity ended, statend*.

Apologies for taking so long to answer your question - on the positive side - we should soon be able to release Wave 4.
On behalf of the team,
Jakob

#2 Updated by Amanda Hughes about 5 years ago

Dear Jakob,

Thank you but I'm still unclear on both of the issues above. I realise that the respondent is sent through different categories depending on whether the spell is paid work vs, 'something else', but what I wanted to get as was:

1) Whether it is in some way possible to tell whether past 'paid work' spells were employment or self-employment - i.e., whether there is a further breakdown for types of paid work analagous to further breakdown of non-work activity types for people who answered 'something else'

2) Whether there are variables containing start date information for current NON-work spells analagous to b_jbbgd b_jbbgm b_jbbgy for current work spells?

Best wishes,

Amanda

#3 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

1) Whether it is in some way possible to tell whether past 'paid work' spells were employment or self-employment - i.e., whether there is a further breakdown for types of paid work analagous to further breakdown of non-work activity types for people who answered 'something else'

please also see nextjob* in the same loop (#308#note-1)

2) Whether there are variables containing start date information for current NON-work spells analagous to b_jbbgd b_jbbgm b_jbbgy for current work spells?

For annual events this would be the end date of the previous spell. NB jbbgd/m/y is only asked of new entrants outside wave 1.

Jakob

#4 Updated by Amanda Hughes about 5 years ago

OK, thanks.

Best wishes,
Amanda

#5 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

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#6 Updated by Amanda Hughes about 5 years ago

Sorry, I checked that variable and while the nextjob* in the same loop does work for most of the spells in the sequence,
such that only and all people with a 1 for b_nextstat* have a non-negative value for b_nextjob* indicating employment or self-employment, the same doesn't appear to be the case for the very first activity spell after the fed-forward one.

There, whether a person was in work or something else is determined by b_nxtst and whether the work was employed or self-employed by b_nxtjbes. But if you tab one against the other, most of the people with b_nxtst==1 have a -8 for the other, which doesn't seem right. Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks,
Amanda

#7 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

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#8 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

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I hope this example will elucidate how the questionnaire script works. There is a bit about whether status has changed since last interview, what the respondent did immediately after, and then the loop over the spells.

  +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  |       b_ff_jbstat   b_notempchk       b_empchk   b_empstend    b_stendreas          b_nxtst                   b_nxtstelse      b_cstat   b_nxtstend |
  |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  | full-time student            no   inapplicable    24may2009   inapplicable   something else   unemployed/looking for work   yes, ended    28sep2009 |
  +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Last time you were a full-time student – this stopped 24may2009
Immediately after you did something else, which was looking for work up until 28sep2009
This configuration then triggers the loop for (non-)employment spells of which this respondent has two – the last being the current spell

  +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  |    b_nextstat1      b_nextelse1   b_currstat1   b_statend1     b_nextjob1     b_reasend1 |
  |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  | something else   something else    yes, ended    14oct2009   inapplicable   inapplicable |
  +------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

  +---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  |     b_nextstat2    b_nextelse2    b_currstat2   b_statend2                    b_nextjob2     b_reasend2 |
  |---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  | paid employment   inapplicable   inapplicable            .   different job same employer   inapplicable |
  +---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Jakob

#9 Updated by Amanda Hughes about 5 years ago

I've now figured out what's going on with this particular issue.
Thank you,
Amanda

#10 Updated by Redmine Admin about 5 years ago

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