On Organization of the Household Sample Survey on Employment Issues
The new source of actual information on the labor market – the Household Sample Survey on Employment Issues in the Republic of Belarus - is being introduced into statistical practice.
The principal objectives of the survey are:
to study the labor market situation and trends;
to obtain comprehensive and objective consolidated statistical data (information) on the number of economically active population, persons in employment, unemployed persons and economically inactive persons based on the criteria of the International Labor Organization;
to generate the consolidated statistical data (information) on the reasons of unemployment, ways and duration of search for employment, intentions and willingness to work as well as on the composition of the employed, the unemployed and economically inactive persons disaggregated by sex, age, education level, professional background and qualification.
Labor force surveys are widely used around the world to analyze labor market and to obtain the most comprehensive information for optimal managerial decision-making in this field.
In line with the international practice, the findings of the sample survey in the Republic of Belarus are intended to inform the government policy regarding employment and to elaborate effective measures that would facilitate employment and reduce unemployment.
The survey will use the science-based methodology to determine the list of residential settlements and to draw the sampled population.
The survey will be conducted in the form of direct interviewing of the members of selected households based on the principle of voluntary participation. The interview will be conducted by specialists who have attended special training.
A pilot household sample survey on employment issues was conducted in November 2011 to address organizational and methodological issues.
Based on the experience of the pilot survey, since 2012 it is expected to conduct quarterly sample household surveys on a regular basis in Minsk, all oblast capitals and other residential settlements (including rural) which will be identified during drawing the sample for the survey.
The quarterly survey coverage will be about 7000 households selected during drawing the sampled population.
The information provided by households is strictly confidential. The statistical authorities guarantee confidentiality of personal data collected during the survey. All information is intended entirely for generation of the consolidated statistical data. Furthermore, a specialist conducting a survey is prohibited to disclose responses and findings of the sample survey.