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Working time accounts

The statistics is relevant for users interested in social and economic statistics.

User Needs

Among users are politicians, ministries, interest groups, businessmen, researchers, major private companies and others interested in the development of the Danish labour market. The areas of application are mainly the National Accounts, economic models, economic government departments and labour market organizations. In addition, data from the Working Time Account (WTA) are transmitted to various international institutions, eg. Eurostat, OECD, ILO.

When major revisions are released, the changes are described in Documentation of statistics and in potential more comprehensive notes available at the website. In addition users are oriented about the background for the changes, when the changes are put into force, and the reference period the changes are related to, as early as possible in the process via user committees (user committee for labour market statistics and user committee for economic statistics), in the forum of short term statistics and on interest group meetings. In addition, revisions of the Working Time Accounts are discussed and coordinated with the national accounts.

User Satisfaction

Users interested in the social and economic statistics have expressed satisfaction with the quality of the statistics. However, they also expressed frustration over large data breaches, especially in the transition to e-Income-based sources.

User Committee for Labour Market Statistics includes the areas employment, unemployment, wage subsidies jobs, earning statistics and statistics on absence. The user committee hold meetings once or twice a year to ensure running contact and dialog on the scope of statistics, developments, quality and communication. The members of the committees are important users of the products of Statistics Denmark within the subject areas of the user committee.

The User Committee for Economic Statistics covers the topics national accounts, public finances, short term statistics, external economy, globalization, employment, prices, consumption and financial statistics. The committee normally holds meetings in June and December. At these meetings the revisions of the Working Time Accounts (WTA) have generally been embraced, as no users have doubted that the quality of the WTA has been improved significantly. However, data fractures been difficult for users to handle. Especially for the national accounts and its users and for the Productivity Commission has the restructuring to using the eIncome statistics - especially with the very significant drop in the levels of hours worked - has given rise to much frustration and additional work load.

Data completeness rate

In the reports to the European business short term statistics (STS) the population has previously been larger than the market sector of the economy, which is covered by the Regulation, as sector code 89: Non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) were not excluded from the data deliveries.

In the period from the statistics was revised to be based on eIndkomst (in December 2012) and until the revision, where WTA was revised to be based on the labour market accounts (LMA) in September 2016, the delimitation of deliveries to the STS has been the sector group Corporations and organizations, ie. excluding General government.

With the revised statistics in September 2016, this reservation is no longer necessary, since data to the STS now (with data revised back to 2008) cover the market sector of the economy only, as recommended by the regulation. This has been possible because data in the revised system is available in more detailed sectoral codes.