Employment and unemployment (Labour force survey) (employ)

National Reference Metadata in ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure (ESQRS)

Compiling agency: Hagstofa Íslands Statistics Iceland

Time Dimension: 2016-A0

Data Provider: IS1

Data Flow: LFS_ESQRS_A


Eurostat metadata
Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Statistical presentation
3. Statistical processing
4. Quality management
5. Relevance
6. Accuracy and reliability
7. Timeliness and punctuality
8. Coherence and comparability
9. Accessibility and clarity
10. Cost and Burden
11. Confidentiality
12. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)
 



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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Hagstofa Íslands

Statistics Iceland

1.2. Contact organisation unit

Atvinnu- og félagsmáladeild

Labour market and social statistics

1.5. Contact mail address

Ólafur Már Sigurðsson

olafur.sigurdsson@hagstofa.is

olafur.sigurdsson@statice.is


2. Statistical presentation Top
Please specify the abbreviations used in the report 
Abbreviation Explanation
CV Coefficient of variation (or relative standard error)
Y/N Yes / No
H/P Households/Persons
M? Member State doesn’t know
NA Not applicable/ Not relevant
UNA Information unavailable
NR Non-response: Member State doesn’t answer to Eurostat request for information. Blank is allowed only in boxes with comments
LFS Labour Force Survey
NUTS Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics or corresponding statistical regions in the EFTA and candidates countries
NC

No change from last report.

2.1. Data description

 

Coverage   
Coverage Definition of household for the LFS Inclusion/exclusion criteria for members of the household Questions relating to employment status are put to all persons aged ...
  The population 16-74 with permanent (more than 6 months) residence in Iceland.  NR  Persons living in collective and Institutional households are surveyed  16-74

 

Reference week
 The quarterly sample is sorted according to sex, age and residence and then allocated systematically (with random start) to the 13 weeks of the quarters so that each week is representative of the total sample by age, sex and residence.
2.2. Classification system

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.3. Coverage - sector

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.5. Statistical unit

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.6. Statistical population

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.7. Reference area

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.8. Coverage - Time

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

2.9. Base period

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


3. Statistical processing Top
3.1. Source data
Sampling design & procedure
Sampling design Base used for the sample (sampling frame)  Last update of the sampling frame  Primary sampling unit (PSU)   Final sampling unit (FSU)
 Single stage random sample of individuals  The population register, persons with registered domicile on the last day of the previous quarter.  National Register updated daily. New sample is drawn week before each quarter begins.  NA  Individuals

 

Sampling design & procedure
First (and intermediate) stage sampling method   Final stage sampling method Stratification Number of strata (if strata change quarterly, refer to Q4). Description of the rotation scheme 
NA  Single random sample without replacement of persons younger than 75 in the first week of the quarter and older than 16 in the last week at the end of the rotation cycle. Persons younger than 16 on the last day of the reference week are not included in the weekly sample until this age is reached.The household sub-sample is selected from the fifth and last wave so that the sampling probability is inversely proportional to the number of persons aged 16-74 years in the household of the drawn individual.  NA NA  3-(2)-2

 

Sample size & Sampling rate
Overall theoretical yearly sampling rate Size of the theoretical yearly sample
(i.e. including non-response)  (i.e. including non-response)
 7,6%  16120 individuals

 

Sample size & Sampling rate
Overall theoretical quarterly sampling rate Size of the theoretical quarterly sample
(i.e. including non-response)  (i.e. including non-response)
1,7%  4030 

 

Use of subsamples to survey structural variables (wave approach)
Only for countries using a subsample for yearly variables
 Wave(s) for the subsample  Are the 30 totals for ILO labour status (employment, unemployment and inactivity) by sex (males and females) and age groups (15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+) between the annual average of quarterly estimates and the yearly estimates from the subsample all consistent? (Ref.: Commission Reg. 430/2005, Annex I) (Y/N) If not please list deviations List of yearly variables for which the wave approach is used (Ref.: Commission Reg. 377/2008, Annex II)
 NA  NA   NA   NA 

 

Brief description of the method of calculating the weights Is the sample population in private household expanded to the total population (including those in collective households)? (Y/N) Gender is used in weighting (Y/N) Which age groups are used in the weighting (e.g., 0-14, 15-19, ..., 70-74, 75+)? Which regional breakdown is used in the weighting (e.g. NUTS 3)? Other weighting dimensions
 Post-stratification using sex and age-groups  Y  Y  16-19, 20-24, 25-29, ... , 70-74  NA  N
3.2. Frequency of data collection

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

3.3. Data collection
Data collection methods: brief description Use of dependent interviewing (Y/N)? Participation is voluntary/compulsory?
 Centralised CATI for three weeks after the reference week  Y  Voluntary
3.4. Data validation

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

3.5. Data compilation

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

3.6. Adjustment

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


4. Quality management Top
4.1. Quality assurance

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

4.2. Quality management - assessment

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


5. Relevance Top
5.1. Relevance - User Needs
Assessment of the relevance of the main LFS statistics at national level (e.g. for policy makers, other stakeholders, media and academic research)
  For policy makers (a) For social actors (b) For the media (c) For researchers and students (d) For enterprises (e) Comments
high low high low high low high low high low  
Total Employment (levels)  x    x     x     x    m?  m?  
Total Employment rate  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Part-time employment  x    x        x    m?  m?  
Temporary employment                  m?  m?  
Employment by socio-demographic breakdown (age, sex, education)  x    x        x    m?  m?  
Employment by territorial (NUTS 2 or NUTS 3) breakdown                  m?  m?  
Employment by economic activity (NACE) breakdown  x    x      x  x    m?  m?  
Hours actually worked  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Total Unemployment (levels)  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Total Unemployment rate  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Long-term unemployment  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Youth unemployment  x    x    x    x    m?  m?  
Unemployment by socio-demographic breakdown (age, sex, education)  x    x      x  x    m?  m?  
Unemployment by territorial (NUTS 2 or NUTS 3) breakdown                  m?  m?  

 

 

 

5.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

5.3. Completeness
NUTS level of detail   
Regional level of an individual record (person) in the national data set Lowest regional level of the results published by NSI Lowest regional level of the results delivered to researchers by NSI Brief description of the method which is used to produce NUTS-3 unemployment and labour force data sent to Eurostat?
  NA  NA  NA   NA 
5.3.1. Data completeness - rate
Assessment of errors (bias) in the registration of unemployment
Only for those countries using registered unemployment to produce NUTS-3 level data on unemployment or labour force.
NA


6. Accuracy and reliability Top
6.1. Accuracy - overall

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.2. Sampling error
Publication thresholds   
Annual estimates Annual estimates - wave approach
(if different from full sample thresholds) 
 Limit below which figures cannot be published  Limit below which figures must be published with warning  Limit below which figures cannot be published Limit below which figures must be published with warning
 NA 500  NA   NA 
6.2.1. Sampling error - indicators
Coefficient of variation (CV) Annual estimates
Sampling error - indicators - Coefficient of variation (CV), Standard Error (SE) and Confidence Interval (CI)       
  Number of employed persons Employment rate as a percentage of the population Number of part-time employed persons Number of unemployed persons Unemployment rate as a percentage of labour force Youth unemployment rate as a percentage of labour force Average actual hours of work per week(*)
  Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 15 - 74 Age group: 15 - 74 Age group: 15 - 24 Age group: 20 - 64
 CV

0.40

0.39  2.19  5.99  5.97  9.59  0.44
 SE  665.62 0.345  743.15 352.3  0.179  0.624  0.176
 CI(**)  +/- 1304.77  +/- 0.677   +/- 1456.75  +/- 690.56   +/- 0.35  +/- 1.224  +/- 0.345

 

(*) The coefficient of variation for actual hours worked should be calculated for the sum of actual hours worked in 1st and 2nd jobs and restricted to those who actually worked 1 hour or more in the reference week.

(**) The value is based on a CI of 95%. For the rates the CI should be given with 2 decimals.

 

Description of the assumption underlying the denominator for the calculation of the CV for the employment rate
 NR

 

Reference on software used : Reference on method of estimation:
 SPSS  Complex Samples Module - SPSS uses Taylor linearization method of variance estimation for survey estimates that are means or proportions.

 

Coefficient of variation (CV) Annual estimates at NUTS-2 Level        
NUTS-2  CV of regional (NUTS-2) annual aggregates (in %)     
Regional Code  Region Number of employed persons Employment rate as a percentage of the population Number of part-time employed persons Number of unemployed persons Unemployment rate as a percentage of labour force Youth unemployment rate as a percentage of labour force  Average actual hours of work per week(*)
    Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 20 - 64 Age group: 15 -74 Age group: 15 -74 Age group: 15 -24 Age group: 20 - 64 
 NA  NA    NA  NA   NA   NA   NA   NA   NA 

  

6.3. Non-sampling error

 [not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.3.1. Coverage error
Frame quality (under-coverage, over-coverage and misclassifications)      
Under-coverage rate (%) Over-coverage rate (%) Misclas-sification rate (%)  Comments: specification and impact on estimates (a) 

 
 Undercoverage  Overcoverage  Misclassification (b)  Reference on frame errors
 NA  NA   NA  NA  NA  NA  NA
6.3.1.1. Over-coverage - rate

[Over-coverage rate, please see chapter 6.3.1 in the LFS quality report]

6.3.1.2. Common units - proportion

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.3.2. Measurement error
Errors due to the reporting units and the interviewers 
Give brief comments on the assessment of errors due to:
Reporting unit  Interviewers
 NA  NA

 

Errors due to the medium (questionnaire)   
Date of the last update of the questionnaire (before the end of the reference period for this report) Date of the last pilot survey in order to test the questionnaire Number of respondents to the pilot survey Report from cognitive laboratory available (Y/N)
 NR  November and December 2002  NR  N

 

Main methods of reducing measurement errors 
Error source Brief comments
Respondent  N
Interviewer  By training, a course for new interviewers, interviewers instructions in CATI, Continuous contact with the interviewers and re-training courses.
Questionnaire  Explanatory text in CATI to clarify concepts. Testing new questions.
Other  N 

 

Methodological notes (main references) on the measurement errors?
Main references
NA
6.3.3. Non response error

 

Methods used for adjustments for statistical unit non-response  
Adjustment via weights (Y/N?) Variables used for non-response adjustment Description of method
 N  NA  NA

 

Substitution of non-responding units (Y/N?) Substitution rate Criteria for substitution
N  NA  NA

 

Other methods (Y/N?) Description of method
 N  NA

 

Methods used for imputation of statistical item non-response  
Characteristic Imputation rate Describe method used, mentioning which auxiliary information or stratification is used
 N  NA   NA 

 

References to methodological notes on non response rates and their treatment
 NA
6.3.3.1. Unit non-response - rate
Calculation of non-response. Annual average
Is the non response rate weighted? (Y/N)  Is the non-response on household level or person level? (H/P)  If weighted. state the definition of the weights
  N   P  NA

 

Rates of non response by survey wave. Annual average       
Waves              
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
27.25 25.7 27.89 27.36 25.56 NA NA NA

 

Rates of non response by survey mode. Annual average
Survey
CAPI CATI  PAPI  CAWI  POSTAL
NA  26.75 NA NA NA

 

Divisions of non-response into categories. Quarterly data and annual average
Quarter  Non response rate (%)  Refusals (%)  Non-contacts (%)  Other reasons(%)
1 25.61768531 8.309677419 13.6 3.708007886
2 27.11157456 9.33125972 13.60808709 4.172227745
3 27.3011734 9.15693904 13.74837873 4.395855634
4 26.98579695 8.202716823 15.56948798 3.213592142
Annual 26.7528398 8.750648677 14.12817852 3.874012604

 

 

6.3.3.2. Item non-response - rate
Item non-response(*) - Quarterly data (Compared to the variables defined by the Commission Regulation (EC) No 377/2008)       

Variable status

Compulsory / optional

Column Identifier Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Short comments on reasons for non-available statistics and prospects for future solutions

compulsory

Col_001/2 HHSEQNUM C     C  
  Col_039/40 COUNTRYW C C C C  
  Col_041/42 REGIONW C C C C  
  Col_054 TEMPDUR       12.9  
  Col_065/66 HWOVERP 65.9 65.7 72.3 62.5  
  Col_067/68 HWOVERPU 65.9 65.7 72.3 62.5  
  Col_069/70 HOURREAS 14.1 10.6 11 10.1  
  Col_073/74 HWWISH 32 35 33.7 35.7  
  Col_082/83 HWACTUA2 15 15.8 18 12.6  
  Col_101 - Employed SEEKTYPE 100 100 100 100  
  Col_101 - Not employed SEEKTYPE   22.2      
  Col_102 - Employed SEEKDUR 100 100 100 100  
  Col_102 - Not employed SEEKDUR   21.9      
  Col_103 - Employed METHODA   C C C  
  Col_104 - Employed METHODB   C C C  
  Col_105 - Employed METHODC   C C C  
  Col_106 - Employed METHODD   C C C  
  Col_107 - Employed METHODE   C C C  
  Col_108 - Employed METHODF   C C C  
  Col_109 - Employed METHODG   C C C  
  Col_109 - Not employed METHODG C C C    
  Col_110 - Employed METHODH   C C C  
  Col_111 - Employed METHODI   C C C  
  Col_112 - Employed METHODJ   C C C  
  Col_113 - Employed METHODK   C C C  
  Col_113 - Not employed METHODK C C C    
  Col_114 - Employed METHODL   C C C  
  Col_114 - Not employed METHODL C C C    
  Col_115 - Employed METHODM   C C C  
  Col_116 WANTWORK 31.6 38.2 28.4 28.6  
  Col_129/131 COURLEN 14.2 18.8 22.2 14.7  
  Col_209 EDUCLEVL     14.1    

 

Item non-response - Annual data (Compared to the variables defined by the Commission Regulation (EC) No 377/2008)    
Variable status Column Identifier This reference year Short comments on reasons for non-available statistics and prospects for future solutions
compulsory Col_003 HHLINK 100  
  Col_004/5 HHSPOU 100  
  Col_006/7 HHFATH 100  
  Col_008/9 HHMOTH 100  
  Col_053 TEMPREAS 39.6  
  Col_055 TEMPAGCY C  
  Col_077 LOOKREAS 24.4  
  Col_093 STAPROPR 68.2  
  Col_094/95 NACEPR2D 49.4  
  Col_096/98 ISCOPR3D 11.5  
  Col_100 SEEKREAS 29.9  
  Col_118 - Employed AVAIREAS 100  
  Col_118 - Not employed AVAIREAS 70  
  Col_119 PRESEEK 11.8  
  Col_120 NEEDCARE 84.7  
  Col_150/151 COUNTR1Y 14.6  
  Col_152/153 REGION1Y C  
  Col_154/155 INCDECIL 100  
 optional Col_133/134 COURFILD 100  

(*) "C" means all the records have the same value different from missing.

6.3.4. Processing error

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.3.4.1. Imputation - rate

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.3.5. Model assumption error

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.4. Seasonal adjustment
Do you apply any seasonal adjustment to the LFS Series? (Y/N) If Yes, is your adopted methodology compliant with the ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment? (ref. http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/research-methodology/seasonal-adjustment) (Y/N) If Yes, are you compliant with the Eurostat/ECB reccomendation on Jdemetra+ as software for conducting seasonal adjustment of official statistics. (ref. http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/ess/-/jdemetra-officially-recommended-as-software-for-the-seasonal-adjustment-of-official-statistics) (Y/N) If Not, please provide a description of the used methods and tools
 N  NA   NA   NA 
6.5. Data revision - policy

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.6. Data revision - practice

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

6.6.1. Data revision - average size

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


7. Timeliness and punctuality Top
7.1. Timeliness
Restricted from publication
7.1.1. Time lag - first result
Restricted from publication
7.1.2. Time lag - final result
Restricted from publication
7.2. Punctuality
Restricted from publication
7.2.1. Punctuality - delivery and publication
Restricted from publication


8. Coherence and comparability Top
8.1. Comparability - geographical
Divergence of national concepts from European concepts  
(European concept or National proxy concept used) List all concepts where any divergences can be found    
Is there a divergence between the national and European concepts for the following characteristics? (Y/N) Give a description of difference and provide an assessment of the impact of the divergence on the statistics
Definition of resident population (*)  N  NA
Identification of the main job (*)  N  NA 
Employment  N  NA 
Unemployment  N  NA 

(*) See LABOUR FORCE SURVEY - EXPLANATORY NOTES (TO BE APPLIED FROM 2016Q1 ONWARDS) 

 

8.1.1. Asymmetry for mirror flow statistics - coefficient

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

8.2. Comparability - over time
Changes at CONCEPT level introduced during the reference year and affecting comparability with previous reference periods (including breaks in series)
Changes in Description of the impact of the changes Statistics also revised backwards (if Y: year / N) Variables affected Break in series to be flagged (if Y: year and quarter/N)
concepts and definition  NA  NA   NA   NA 
coverage (i.e. target population)  NA  NA   NA   NA 
legislation  NA  NA   NA   NA 
classifications  NA  NA   NA   NA 
geographical boundaries   NA  NA   NA   NA 

 

Changes at MEASUREMENT level introduced during the reference year and affecting comparability with previous reference periods (including breaks in series)
Changes to Description of the impact of the changes Statistics also revised backwards (if Y: year / N) Variables affected Break in series to be flagged (if Y: year and quarter/N)
sampling frame  NA  NA   NA   NA 
sample design  NA  NA   NA   NA 
rotation pattern  NA  NA   NA   NA 
questionnaire  NA  NA   NA   NA 
instruction to interviewers  NA  NA   NA   NA 
survey mode  NA  NA   NA   NA 
weighting scheme  NA  NA   NA   NA 
use of auxiliary information  NA  NA   NA   NA 
8.2.1. Length of comparable time series

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

8.3. Coherence - cross domain
Coherence of LFS data with Business statistics data    
  Description of difference in concept Description of difference in measurement Give an assessment of the effects of the differences Give references to description of differences
Total employment  NR NR  NR  NR 
Total employment by NACE  NA NR  NR  NR 
Number of hours worked NA NR  NR  NR 

 

Coherence of LFS data with registered unemployment  
Description of difference in concept Description of difference in measurement Give references to description of differences
 NR  NR  NR

 

Assessment of the effect of differences of LFS unemployment and registered unemployment     
Give an assessment of the effects of the differences          
Overall effect Men under 25 years Men 25 years and over Women under 25 years Women 25 years and over Regional distribution (NUTS-3)
 NR NR  NR  NR  NR  NR 
8.4. Coherence - sub annual and annual statistics

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

8.5. Coherence - National Accounts
Coherence of LFS data with National Accounts data    
  Description of difference in concept Description of difference in measurement Give an assessment of the effects of the differences Give references to description of differences
Total employment  NR NR  NR  NR
Total employment by NACE  NR NR  NR  NR 
Number of hours worked  NR NR  NR  NR 

 

Which is the use of LFS data for National Account Data?   
Country uses LFS as the only source for employment in national accounts. Country uses mainly LFS, but replacing it in a few industries (or labour status), on a case-by-case basis Country not make use of LFS, or makes minimal use of it Country combines sources for labour supply and demand giving precedence to labour supply sources (i.e. LFS) Country combines sources for labour supply and demand not giving precedence to any labour side Country combines sources for labour supply and demand giving precedence to labour demand sources (i.e. employment registers and/or enterprise surveys)
 NR  NR  NR  NR  NR  NR
8.6. Coherence - internal

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


9. Accessibility and clarity Top
9.1. Dissemination format - News release

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.2. Dissemination format - Publications
Please provide a list of type and frequency of publications
 NR
9.3. Dissemination format - online database
Documentation, explanation, quality limitations, graphics etc.    
Web link to national methodological publication Conditions of access to data Accompanying information to data Further assistance available to users Possible improvements, compared to the previous situation.
 NR  NR   NR   NR   NR 
9.3.1. Data tables - consultations

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.5. Dissemination format - other

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.6. Documentation on methodology

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.7. Quality management - documentation

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.7.1. Metadata completeness - rate

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

9.7.2. Metadata - consultations

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


10. Cost and Burden Top
Restricted from publication


11. Confidentiality Top
11.1. Confidentiality - policy

[not requested for the LFS quality report]

11.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


12. Comment Top

[not requested for the LFS quality report]


Related metadata Top


Annexes Top