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Employed persons, LFS (interview)

Employed persons in the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly aggregation of the number of employed persons in Denmark. Employed persons in the Labour Force Survey include employees, self-employed persons and assisting family members. The statistics are based on an interview survey with approximately 72,000 respondents on a yearly basis.

Introduction

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows the population’s labour market status, i.e. how many persons are employed, unemployed (LFS unemployed) or outside the labour force. 
In the Labour Force Survey, employed persons are persons who have worked at least one paid hour during the week where the survey takes place, or who are self-employed or assisting family members. Persons who are temporarily absent from work, e.g. due to holiday, sickness or maternity/paternity leave, are also considered to be in employment.
The Labour Force Survey’s assessment of employed persons is particularly useful: 

  • for describing the population’s labour market status, e.g. how many are employed, unemployed or outside the labour force broken down by e.g. age and sex
  • for analyses of working time
  • in connection with transverse analyses
  • in connection with international comparisons.
Documentation

Employed persons in the Labour Force Survey 

In the Labour Force Survey, employed persons are persons who indicate in the interview that they have worked at least one paid hour during the week where the survey takes place, or that they are self-employed or assisting family members. Persons who are temporarily absent from work, e.g. due to holiday, sickness or maternity/paternity leave, are also considered to be in employment. The hour statistics in the Labour Force Survey are weekly hours and enable calculation of hours per employed person. This is why the Labour Force Survey can be used to show working time, e.g. part-time work or weekend work. 

 
About the Labour Force Survey 

The purpose of the Labour Force Survey is to focus on the population’s affiliation with the labour market, e.g. how many persons are employed, unemployed (LFS unemployed) or outside the labour force. In addition, the Labour Force Survey includes many other types of information, which are not usually found in registers – e.g. how many employees are working part time, how many hours do men aged 30-40 typically work, or how many elderly people outside the labour force would like to have a job.

The Labour Force Survey complies with the guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for statistics on the population’s labour market status. The LFS is the Danish contribution to Eurostat’s Labour Force Survey, and all EU countries and a vast number of other countries make labour force surveys based on the same guidelines. This is why the LFS is the best Danish survey for international comparisons of labour market statistics, as made by both Eurostat and the OECD.

The Labour Force Survey has been conducted every year since 1984, and from 1994, all weeks throughout the year. In 2007, the survey sample was broadened substantially. The Labour Force Survey is Denmark’s most comprehensive interview survey. It is made quarterly and is based on a sample. Approximately 72,000 Danes aged 15-89 participate in the survey each year.
Read more about the method, questionnaire and key concepts of the Labour Force Survey

 

Documentation of statistics

Get an overview of the purpose, content and quality of the statistics. Here you can find information on the sources that the statistics are derived from, what the statistics contains and how often it is published.

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