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Size of work establishment

Codes and Frequencies

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      class Estabsz : public Editor {

  Estabsz(VarPointer varInfo) : Editor(varInfo) {}
  void edit() {

    long a = getRecoded();
    switch (dataSet) {
    case dataset_id::it2011h:
    case dataset_id::it2012h:
    case dataset_id::it2013h:
    case dataset_id::it2014h:
    case dataset_id::it2015h:
    case dataset_id::it2016h:
    case dataset_id::it2017h:
    case dataset_id::it2018h:
    case dataset_id::it2019h:
    case dataset_id::it2020h: {
      long numbwk = valueFromFirstAvailable(
          {IT2011H_0442_ref, IT2012H_0442_ref, IT2013H_0442_ref,
           IT2014H_0442_ref, IT2015H_0442_ref, IT2016H_0442_ref,
           IT2017H_0442_ref, IT2018H_0442_ref, IT2019H_0442_ref,
      long numbcat = valueFromFirstAvailable(
          {IT2011H_0443_ref, IT2012H_0443_ref, IT2013H_0443_ref,
           IT2014H_0443_ref, IT2015H_0443_ref, IT2016H_0443_ref,
           IT2017H_0443_ref, IT2018H_0443_ref, IT2019H_0443_ref,
      if (numbwk == 1 && numbcat < 6) {
        a = 2;
    } break;



ESTABSZ reports the number of people employed in the respondent's work establishment.

Comparability — Index


Comparability — General

ESTABSZ is not coded compatibly because of inconsistencies in the groupings in the different samples. Users must recode them to suit their purposes for specific samples.

The universe of respondents for India, Argentina and Uruguay differs notably from other samples.

Comparability — Argentina [top]

The universe in all years includes only owner-employers and private sector employees. The size categories of establishments differ between 1980-1991 and 2001.

Comparability — Paraguay [top]

The universe only includes private sector workers.

Comparability — Portugal [top]

The universe in all samples includes persons in the labor force.

The 2011 sample has more detailed breakdowns of some categories. Note that the "21 to 100" category is actually "20 to 99" in 2011. See the source variable for full detail on the original groupings.

Comparability — Switzerland [top]

For the 2011 sample, the original variable for the size of establishment is continuous and includes decimals. The decimals seem to be appropriate as they measure full-time equivalence. The values are transformed into intervals during harmonization.

Comparability — Uruguay [top]

The universe only includes private sector workers.


  • Argentina 1980: Owners and private sector employees age 14+
  • Argentina 1991: Owners and private sector employees age 14+
  • Argentina 2001: Owners and private sector employees age 14+
  • Hungary 2001: Employed persons
  • Jamaica 2001: Persons age 14+ currently working or had a job last week
  • Paraguay 2002: Persons age 10+ in the private sector who were not domestic employees
  • Peru 2017: Persons age 5+ who worked last week had a job but did not work
  • Portugal 1991: Persons working or seeking work
  • Portugal 2001: Persons working or seeking work
  • Portugal 2011: Persons age 15+ who were economically active
  • Switzerland 2011: Economically active persons whose employer is in Switzerland
  • United Kingdom 2001: Employed persons age 16-74, not new workers, not non-resident students
  • Uruguay 2006: Persons age 14+ working in the private sector
  • Venezuela 2001: Persons age 10+ in the labor force


  • Argentina: 1980, 1991, 2001
  • Hungary: 2001
  • India: 1999, 2004, 2009
  • Italy: 2011Q1, 2012Q1, 2013Q1, 2014Q1, 2015Q1, 2016Q1, 2017Q1, 2018Q1, 2019Q1, 2020Q1
  • Jamaica: 2001
  • Mexico: 2005Q1, 2005Q2, 2005Q3, 2005Q4, 2006Q1, 2006Q2, 2006Q3, 2006Q4, 2007Q1, 2007Q2, 2007Q3, 2007Q4, 2008Q1, 2008Q2, 2008Q3, 2008Q4, 2009Q1, 2009Q2, 2009Q3, 2009Q4, 2010Q1, 2010Q2, 2010Q3, 2010Q4, 2011Q1, 2011Q2, 2011Q3, 2011Q4, 2012Q1, 2012Q2, 2012Q3, 2012Q4, 2013Q1, 2013Q2, 2013Q3, 2013Q4, 2014Q1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2014Q4, 2015Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q4, 2016Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q4, 2017Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017Q4, 2018Q1, 2018Q2, 2018Q3, 2018Q4, 2019Q1, 2019Q2, 2019Q3, 2019Q4, 2020Q1, 2020Q3
  • Paraguay: 2002
  • Peru: 2017
  • Portugal: 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Switzerland: 2011
  • United Kingdom: 2001
  • Uruguay: 2006
  • Venezuela: 2001