Quality reporting Quality reporting

To monitor the quality of the EU Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) there is a specific reporting structure which includes the following reports:

Description of the characteristics of national surveys (annual)

Descriptions of national sample designs and other survey features are the subject of dedicated publications. The aim of this report is to enable users to interpret the EU-LFS results by providing information regarding the technical features of the Labour Force Surveys carried out in these countries.

The latest one currently available is:

The European Union Labour Force Survey: main characteristics of the national surveys 2016

Previous editions are available from 2003 onwards. Earlier publications of this type are not available electronically.

Quality report (annual)

The purpose of this quality report is to provide users with a tool for assessing the quality of the statistics which are based on the EU-LFS. It gives a brief description of the survey and a summary of the main quality indicators, which are: relevance, accuracy, accessibility and clarity, timeliness and punctuality, comparability, and coherence. The quality report is updated annually.

The latest report currently available is:

Quality report of the European Union Labour Force Survey 2015

The previous editions of the quality report are available from 2004 onwards.  Earlier publications of this type are not available electronically.

Report to the Council and the Parliament  (triennial)

The EU-LFS regulation requires a regular report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the EU Council on its implementation. These reports are publicly available, the latest one being:

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 COM(2015)628 final.

Previous reports were published in 2012 (report), 2010 (report and annex), 2007 (report and annex), 2003 and 2000.

Task Force on the Quality of the LFS (Final report)

The Task Force on the Quality of the Labour Force Survey reviewed the EU-LFS by reference to the quality framework for statistical output of the European Statistical System. It delivered forty-three recommendations including on sampling design and sampling errors, weighting schemes, non-response, interviewers and fieldwork organisation, survey modes and questionnaire, the aim being to enhance both the EU-LFS and the national labour force surveys.

Task Force on the Quality of the Labour Force Survey - Final report

Task Force on the Measurement of Absences and Working Time in the LFS (Final report)

The Task Force on the Measurement of Absences and Working Time in the Labour Force Surve solved the problems with measuring working time coherently across countries in the European Labour Force Survey, with a special focus on actual working time in the reference week of the survey.

The first part of the report gives a brief overview of the results for all EU  member states, plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey. More in-depth case studies are  provided for Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The recommend improvements from the task force are also presented.

Quality issues regarding the measurement of working time with the Labour Force Survey (LFS) - Final report

Metadata (online database)

In addition to the regular quality reporting, the EU-LFS database  metadata files contain information regarding  EU-LFS tables (LFS main indicators, LFS detailed quarterly and annual results, LFS specific topics or LFS ad-hoc modules). The metadata are structured according to the main quality indicators of the European Statistical System (relevance, accuracy, accessibility and clarity, timeliness and punctuality, comparability, and coherence).