Uses and analysis of the ILO October Inquiry data on occupational
wages and hours of work
The purpose of this article is to describe and explain the various types of data
provided by countries, and discuss how they might be used in analysis, in particular, for
comparing occupational wage rates and earnings. The issues chosen for illustration do
not cover all the possible uses to which the October Inquiry data can be put, but
concentrate on the issues that are the most important and the most frequently raised.