WORKHRS reports the number of hours of paid work reported during the week prior to the survey including any overtime.
-7=Not applicable/not asked
-9=Could not be created
WORKHRS reports the number of hours of paid work reported during the week prior to the survey including any overtime. The number of hours of paid work during the last week was given priority even if data on the number of hour 'usually worked' was available. If data on the number of paid work hours last week was not available, then was based on usual hours of paid work. When neither question was available, 7-day diaries and/or work schedules were used to measure hours worked during the diary week.
The variable includes reported hours of paid work for any respondent who answered the question, whether or not this person reports being employed on a main economic activity variable.
Users may also be interested in EMPSTAT which provides further details on the employment status of the respondent. UNEMP reports whether or not respondent was unemployed. STUDENT reports whether or not respondent was a student and RETIRED if respondent was retired. EMPSP indicates the employment status of the spouse or partner for those respondents in a couple. EMPINCLM provides information on the personal income from wages/employment/self-employment during the last month.
Comparability — Index
Users should note differences in how this variable is constructed across samples.
Comparability — Canada [top]
In 2010, this variable was constructed from Number of hours usually worked at all jobs in a week (WKWEHR_C). It is capped at 75 hours. "Not asked" responses were coded as -9, "not stated" and "don't know" responses were coded as -8. Those who were looking for a job in the last week and reported not to have no hours of regular employment were coded as -7.
Comparability — Italy [top]
In 2002, for those who reported that they were working but it is impossible to assign the exact number of hours, we assign the number of hours worked as “missing” (-8). For those individuals who were not working when they answered the dairy questionnaire we assign the value “-7” (not applicable).
In 2008, WORKHRS is derived from a survey question that asks workers to report their usual work hours
Comparability — Netherlands [top]
In 1975, WOKRHRS is constructed based on the sum the hours spent in paid work from the seven diary days.
From 1980 forward, WORKHRS is assigned the information reported in the diaries for retired, student and unemployed individuals who report 0 hours of work in the stylized questions.
Comparability — South Korea [top]
In 2009, WORKHRS was constructed from an original survey variable regarding hours worked last week.
Comparability — United Kingdom [top]
In 1974, this variable is based on hours of paid work recorded in the weekly diaries. In the 87.1% of cases where the diarist kept seven good diaries, this variable represents the actual hours recorded in the diaries. For respondents who participated in the survey in September and only completed Monday and Tuesday diaries, the hours of work represents the sum of hours recorded in the two diaries, divided by 2 and multiplied by 5. This represents 96% of diary cases. For cases where the diarist completed 4, 5 or 6 good diaries and at least 1 weekend day diary, work hours are calculated as the average hours on a weekend day*2 + average hours on a weekday*5. For cases where the diarist completed 4 or 5 good diaries on weekdays only, work hours are calculated as the average hours per diary day *5.
In 2005, this variable is based on usual hours of work.
Comparability — United States [top]
In 1965, the original variable included a category for hours between less than one and ten. The 5 respondents who report that they are working have this variable set to 5, while the other 595 cases are coded as -7.
- All working persons.
- Austria: 1992
- Bulgaria: 2001
- Canada: 2005, 2010
- Finland: 1979, 2009
- France: 1985, 2009
- Hungary: 2009
- Italy: 2008
- Netherlands: 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
- South Africa: 2000, 2010
- South Korea: 2009
- Spain: 2002, 2009
- United Kingdom: 1974, 1983, 1987, 2000, 2014
- United States: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1998, 2003-2018