EU labour force survey - ad hoc modules

This Eurostat article describes the ad hoc modules of the European Union labour force survey (EU-LFS). The aim of the ad hoc module is to provide users with statistics on a specific topic concerning the labour market by adding each year a set of variables to supplement the core EU-LFS. The article provides information on the database and methodology of the ad hoc modules as well as on the national questionnaires used to collect the EU-LFS data.

This article is part of a set of online articles on the EU-LFS.

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Overview of the ad hoc modules

Since 1999 an inherent part of the EU-LFS are the so called 'ad hoc modules'. The Regulation 0577/1998 of 9 March 1998 on the organisation of a labour force sample survey in the Community specifies that a further set of variables may be added to supplement the information from the core questionnaire of the EU-LFS.

Ad-hoc modules by topic


Year Topic
2025 Reconciliation between work and family life
2024 Young people on the labour market
2023 Pensions and labour market participation
2022 Job skills
2021 Labour market situation of migrants
2020 Accidents at work and work related health problems
2019 Work organisation and working time arrangements
2018 Reconciliation between work and family life
2017 Self-employment
2016 Young people on the labour market
2015 No ad hoc module
2014 Labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants
2013 Accidents at work and other work-related health problems
2012 Transition from work into retirement
2011 Employment of disabled people
2010 Reconciliation between work and family life
2009 Entry of young people into the labour market
2008 Labour market situation of migrants
2007 Work related accidents, health problems and hazardous exposure
2006 Transition from work into retirement
2005 Reconciliation between work and family life
2004 Work organisation and working time arrangements
2003 Lifelong learning
2002 Employment of disabled people
2001 Length and patterns of working time
2000 Transition from school to working life
1999 Accidents at work and occupational diseases


Commission regulation

The ad hoc modules are set by Commission regulation by group of three years. For details on the regulation of the ad hoc modules and their topics and description, please consult: EU labour force survey – main features and legal basis.

Microdata for researchers

For general information on the availability of ad hoc module microdata for researchers and information on publication guidelines, please consult: EU-LFS data and publication.

Description of the ad hoc modules

The description of the ad hoc database assists users of LFS data in understanding the structure of the LFS modules.


Accidents at work and other work related health problem (2020)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) (not yet available) Evaluation report (not yet available) Results (not yet available)

Work organisation and working time arrangements (2019)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) (not yet available) Evaluation report (not yet available) Results (not yet available)

Reconciliation between work and family life (2018)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) (not yet available) Evaluation report (not yet available) Results (not yet available)

Self-employment (2017)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file)
Evaluation report


EU-LFS database
Statistics Explained article
News release

Young people on the labour market (2016)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables

Explanatory notes
Flow chart

National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file)
Evaluation report

EU-LFS database
Statistics Explained article
News release

Labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants (2014)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Model questionnaire
Annex model questionn.
National questionnaires and instructions
(Zip file)
Evaluation report
EU-LFS database

A series of Statistics Explained articles

Accidents at work and other work-related health problems (2013)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions
(Zip file)
Evaluation report
(Zip file)
EU-LFS database

Transition from work to retirement (2012)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes

Mapping of pensions

National questionnaires and instructions
(Zip file)
Evaluation report EU-LFS database

AHM 2012 (SE article)

Employment of disabled people (2011)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report (draft) Press release
EU-Health database

Reconciliation between work and family life (2010)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Publication Gender Equality in the Work Force (EC DG JUST)

Entry of young people into the labour market (2009)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants (2008)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Publication SBK 2011

Accidents at work and work-related health problems (2007)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Article SIF 63/2009 Publication SBK 2010

Transition from work into retirement (2006)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Article SIF 97/2007

Reconciliation between work and family life (2005)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Publication SBK 2009

Work organisation and working time arrangements (2004)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Article SIF 96/2007

Lifelong learning (2003)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Article SIF 8/2005

Employment of disabled people (2002)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report (not available) EU-LFS database

Article SIF 26/2003

Length and patterns of working time (2001)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (Zip file) Evaluation report Article SIF 7/2004

Article SIF 11/2004

Transition from school to working life (2000)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables FAQ
Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (not available) Evaluation report EU-LFS database

Article SIF 4/2003
Article SIF 5/2003
Article SIF 6/2003

Accidents at work and occupational diseases (1999)

Definition of the module Guidance for measurement Implementation by countries Evaluation of the quality Results
List of variables Explanatory notes
National questionnaires and instructions (not available) Evaluation report EU-LFS database
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