Glossary:Farm labour force - members of sole holder’s family

The members of the sole holder’s family in the context of the farm structure survey (FSS) are the spouse, relatives and brothers and sisters of the holder or his/her spouse, which carry out farm work on the holding, but they do not need necessarily live on the holding. Other relatives (e.g. cousins being engaged in the farm work) could also be included if they are living and working at the agricultural holding together with the family of the holder.

FSS is the data source to be used when a detailed analysis on the characteristics of the farm labour force is needed.
Labour force data in the FSS is provided in persons and in annual work units (AWU). Due to the high share of part-time work in agriculture, labour input can be better assessed in terms of AWU.

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