UK 2014-2015

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Samples included

Sample description
Country: UK 2014-2015
Study title: United Kingdom Time Use Survey
Collector: The Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) managed this survey with funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council. NatCen collected the survey for CTUR
When conducted: April 2014-March 2015
Sampling method and study design: The survey will draw a random national sample of households across the United Kingdom. The survey will follow the Harmonised European Time Use Survey guidelines, with a few alterations. While the HETUS guidelines recommend collecting diaries from all household members age 10 and older, this survey, like the 2000-01 first UK HETUS contribution, will collect diaries from all household members aged 8 and older. In contrast with the first UK HETUS from 2000-01, however, this survey will follow the HETUS guidelines to collect the same diary with age and lifestage appropriate diary examples for all diarists. One household member will complete the household roster and questionnaire, then each individual member aged 8 and older will be asked to complete a separate personal interview, as well as two time diaries (one week day, one weekend day) covering 24 hour periods from 4AM until 4AM the next day. The diaries collect main activity, secondary activity, and location/ mode of transport in the participant's own words. The diaries also include a separate column for participants to indicate when they used a smartphone, tablet or computer. The who else was present categories cover alone, household members (mother, father, spouse/partner, household child aged up to 7, other household members) and other people that you know. At the start of the survey, a 20% sample of the diaries included one further column where people rated their enjoyment of the episode on a 7-point scale. As interviewers found that participants responded better to the survey when the diary included this column, all diarists were given a diary with the enjoyment rating column in the second half of the fieldwork. The survey additionally collected a one week work schedule which covers the seven days from the first diary. While the time diaries are organised into 10 minute time slots, the weekly work schedule asks people to mark each 15 minute interval when they undertook any paid work.
Sample size: 16,533
Response rate:
Weighting procedures: Weights will account for sample inbalances (compared against census and labour force survey data), and also balance the distribution of the days of the week.
Sources of information: Centre for Time Use Research
Available documentation: Sample diary (with working-aged adult example page)

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