Central Data Catalog

Type of Study Collections

Labour Force Surveys

This collection includes data derived from national labour force surveys (LFS). Labour force surveys are one of the primary national household surveys conducted by countries. They are designed with the objective to produce official national statistics on the labour force, employment and unemployment for monitoring and planning purposes. LFS are the main source behind headline indicators of the labour market for short-term monitoring as well as more structural information on the number and characteristics of the employed, their jobs and working conditions, the job search activities of those without work, etc. They are a unique source of data on informal employment, and increasingly designed to produce statistics on unpaid forms of work and other related topics through add-on modules.

Household Income Expenditure Surveys

This collection includes data derived from Household Budget Surveys (HBS). HBS are one of the oldest and the most complex national household survey carried out by countries. They are designed specifically to produce information on the expenditure, income and as well as information about diverse features related to household living conditions with objectives to study the living standards of households. . The general objectives for conducting the HBS are to provide data required (i) to assess the level, structure and trends of the economic well-being (income and/or expenditure) of households and individuals, (ii) to determine and update the basket of consumer goods and services.and weights used for the calculation of the Consumer Price Index, (iii) estimate distribution of economic resources: poverty, inequality and social exclusion. The data are widely used for formulation and monitoring of economic and social welfare policies, especially for particular segments of the population,

Child Labour Surveys

This collection includes data derived from specialized child labour surveys or child labour modules attached to a national household survey, typically a labour force survey. Child labour surveys (CLS) are a type of household survey designed specifically to produce statistics on the different forms of work performed by children. CLS generally cover employment activities, exposure to hazards in the workplace, production of goods for own final consumption, household chores among other topics. The age limits will vary depending on the national context.

Population Census

This collection includes data derived from national population and housing censuses. Population Censuses are generally conducted every 10 years and have as primary objective the total enumeration of the population of a country to provide essential information on their spatial distribution, age and sex structure, and other key social and economic characteristics. Because of this, they are a unique source of information for benchmarking and to generate statistics for small areas and for small population groups.

Administrative registers

Administrative records are records created for administrative purposes, such as keeping a record of the members, activities, staff, etc. of the corresponding agency or institution. They were not designed for statistical purposes, but they do have a significant underlying statistical potential, and can be used to produce statistics as a by-product. Administrative records are varied and cover a wide range of topics. Some examples are population registers (population data), records of tax authorities (income data), registration of students in the educational system (education data) and medical registration (health statistics). When it comes to labour statistics, the main administrative records used are records of employment offices or unemployment benefits (data on registered unemployment), records of workers’ organizations (data on unionization, strikes, etc.), collective agreements (data on collective bargaining, wages, etc.) and labour inspection records

Enterprise Census (Economic census)

The economic census is an important activity carried out by many statistical offices with the aim of improving availability and quality of existing basic economic statistics and establishing or improving their survey frames or statistical business registers. An economic census is a statistical survey conducted on the full set of economic units belonging to a given population. It is the complete enumeration of a population or groups at a point in time with respect to well defined characteristics. For example, agriculture or manufacturing censuses. It provides, at regular intervals, the benchmark for economic indicators at national and local levels. For small economic activities or sub-populations, such as informal sector units, it may represent the only source of information. For many countries the census also provides a solid framework to develop sampling frames.

Establishment Surveys

An establishment survey is a survey of a sample of establishments or enterprise that seeks to measure the behaviour, structure, or output of organizations rather than individuals. The establishment survey covers primarily business establishments, but also includes government agencies, non-profits, and most other entities that employ workers for a wage. Information about jobs held by self-employed workers are typically excluded from such surveys. Moreover, establishment survey often only cover a subset of all establishments in an industry, normally those above a certain size limit, and typically sample only formal sector establishments. Ensuring the privacy, confidentiality and security of the information provided by establishments is critical for the production of statistics and there will be no dissemination of confidential information.

Other Household Surveys

This collection includes those studies that are Household Surveys not included in other collections like LFS, IEHS, CLS, etc

Methodological enquiries

Sources of labour force statistics of persons with disabilities

Data on labour force status of <b>persons with disabilities</b> is regularly collected in increasing number of countries. Methodological information for 140 sources of these statistics in 118 countries was compiled in 2014 by the ILO Department of Statistics, in collaboration with the ILO Disability Inclusion and Equality Group of the ILO Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch. The description of the practices used by countries to compile their statistics on the labour force status of persons with disabilities were prepared on basis of responses to a questionnaire sent to ministries of labour and national statistical offices in selected countries in September 2014, as well by reviewing the material available on the national websites, national publications available at the ILO , and/or international repositories As part of the exercise, in addition to collecting methodological information about the sources of statistics on employment situation of people w