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Glossary:Employed person - LFS

In the context of the Labour force survey (LFS), an employed person is a person aged 15 to 89 (in completed years at the end of the reference week) who, during the reference week, were in one of the following categories:

a) persons who during the reference week worked for at least 1 hour for pay or profit, including contributing family workers;

b) persons with a job or business who were temporarily not at work during the reference week but had an attachment to their job, where the following groups have a job attachment:

  • persons not at work due to holidays, working time arrangements, sick leave, maternity or paternity leave;
  • persons in job-related training;
  • persons on parental leave, either receiving and/or being entitled to job-related income or benefits, or whose parental leave is expected to be 3 months or less;
  • seasonal workers during the off-season, where they continue to regularly perform tasks and duties for the job or business, excluding fulfilment of legal or administrative obligations;
  • persons temporarily not at work for other reasons where the expected duration of the absence is 3 months or less;

c) persons that produce agricultural goods whose main part is intended for sale or barter.

This definition follows guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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