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Labour Usage in Social Care

The purpose of the statistics is to describes the staff working with nursing and care in the municipal and regional sectors and the staff working in municipal dental care and health care. The statistics are used to describe the number of employees by budget accounts from the authorized budget plan for municipalities and regions and by different kinds of occupation groups. The statistics have been compiled since 2008, but are revised in 2016. Data from 2016 and forward are not comparable to previous data. Further more the authorized budget plan has been revised in 2018. Some data are consequently not comparable to previous years.

Statistical presentation

The statistics are a yearly measurement of municipal and regional staff working with nursing and care and the staff working in municipal dental care and health care. The statistics are based on information covering February only and measure the number of fulltime employees working with municipal and regional nursing and care and municipal dental care and health care. The number of fulltime employees are grouped by municipalities, regions, occupation and the authorized budget plan used by municipalities and regions.

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Statistical processing

The statistics are based on data for February reported to the statistics of earnings for the municipal sector. Based on the authorized budget plan for municipalities and regions, institutions from the selected budget accounts, are selected. The number of fulltime employees are calculated on basis of the employees actual hours worked. The number of fulltime employees are summarized and grouped by municipalities, regions, budget accounts and selected occupations. A certain check is made concerning whether the institutions are connected to the right budget accounts and whether the occupation of the employees are considered to be correct.

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Relevance

These statistics are relevant for ministries, organizations and the public in general for planning and analysis purposes.

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Accuracy and reliability

The data are associated with some uncertainty. This is primarily due uncertainty concerning connection of institutions and employees to budget accounts and connection of occupations to employees. This might cause variations over time in number of fulltime employees for the country as a whole and within municipalities. This is the case for both the total figures and when data are grouped by budget accounts and occupations.

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Timeliness and punctuality

These statistics are published around 10 months after the end of the reference period. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.

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Comparability

The statistics have been compiled since 2008, but is revised in 2016. Consequently data for 2016 and forward are not directly comparable to data published in previous years. The authorized budget plan for municipalities and regions is revised in 2018. Consequently some data for 2018 are not comparable to previous years. Other countries might publish similar statistics. The authorized budget plan for municipalities and regions that is used to select the relevant employees is however unique to Denmark.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics for 2018 are published in the StatBank and can be found under the subject Staff working with municipal and regional nursing and care.

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