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HRSWORK1
Hours worked per week

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Description

HRSWORK1 indicates the number of hours the respondent worked per week at all jobs.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Brazil
Canada
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Ghana
Greece
Honduras
Hungary
Indonesia
Italy
Jamaica
Kenya
Mexico
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Lucia
South Africa
Spain
Switzerland
Trinidad and Tobago
United States
Venezuela

Comparability — General

The primary comparability issue is the difference between samples that report actual hours worked during the reference week versus those that give hours worked during a typical week.

The age of the person to whom the question applies varies across the samples, as does the reference week. Not all samples required that the person was currently working at the time of the census.

Most samples top-code the number of hours somewhere between 80 and 99; others allow responses well over 100 hours. The variable is top-coded at 140 hours.

The variable HRSWORK2 groups the number of hours worked into categories. Similar information to HRSWORK1 is available in HRSMAIN, which reports hours worked in the person's principal occupation. For most people this equals their total hours worked.

Many samples include persons who did not work during the reference week but are usually employed. Some samples report these cases as zero hours worked but others request the typical hours worked for this subset of the universe.

Comparability — Brazil [top]

The Brazilian censuses inquired about the number of hours worked during a typical week. Time spent outside of the workplace in work-related tasks was to be included; time set aside for meals was to be excluded.

Additional information on number of hours worked is available for 1980 Brazil in HRSWORK2.

Comparability — Canada [top]

The samples report hours worked last week, including in unpaid productive labor. The 1991 sample only includes employed persons in the universe; the other samples have persons who worked zero hours.

The Canada samples 1981-2001 are top coded at 100+ hours and Canada 2011 is top coded at 80+.

Comparability — Dominican Republic [top]

If the person did not work due to illness or other reason, but still held a job, the usual number of hours worked per week was recorded.

Comparability — Ecuador [top]

For all the 1990, 2001 and 2010 samples, the question asked for the number of hours the person actually worked the week before the census. If they were absent from work they were to report the number of hours for the last week that they worked.

Comparability — El Salvador [top]

Both samples record the number of hours the person worked last week at all jobs. If the person was temporarily absent (worked no hours) during the week prior, the number of usual hours worked per week was recorded. For 2007, the experienced unemployed population is included with responses indicating usual hours worked per week in the previous job.

Comparability — Ghana [top]

The sample reports hours worked for pay, profit, or family gain last week.

Comparability — Greece [top]

All censuses asked for the actual number of hours worked the previous week at any job. There are a large number of cases with zero hours worked in 1971 and especially 1991, relative to the other two years. The data for Greece 2011 is top-coded at 70+ hours.

Comparability — Honduras [top]

In 1988, the question asked for the number of hours the person worked during the week before the census. The data for Honduras 1988 is top-coded at 69+ hours.

Comparability — Hungary [top]

The question asked for the number of hours the person usually worked per week.

Comparability — Indonesia [top]

The samples report actual hours during the past week. Persons who had a job but were temporarily absent the week preceding the census are coded as "0" hours worked. All four samples included here, in addition to the 1976 sample, contain data on hours worked in the primary occupation, found in HRSMAIN.

Comparability — Italy [top]

The labor force surveys from 2011-2018 refer to the number of hours usually worked per week. Persons who responded that their "work schedule changes" are coded to "unknown," but the information is retained in the source variable.

Comparability — Jamaica [top]

All samples record the hours of employment completed in the week prior to the census. The universes vary slightly across samples with respect to whether or not group quarter residents were asked to provide work-related information.

Comparability — Kenya [top]

The sample records the usual number of hours of work in the week prior to the census. If a person did not work in that week but held a job, she was to report the usual number of hours worked.

Comparability — Mexico [top]

All samples report hours worked in the previous week. The 1990, 2000 and 2010 Mexican samples all have numerous cases with implausibly high numbers of work hours. They are included in the top-code of 140 or more hours.

The 1990, 2000 and 2010 samples code persons that had a job but were temporarily away as "0" hours worked. The 1995 sample asks for the usual number of hours worked for these persons.

Comparability — Nicaragua [top]

The samples report actual hours worked in the last week that the person worked. For persons temporarily absent from work or the experienced unemployed population, the reference week will therefore not be the week prior to the census.

Comparability — Nigeria [top]

The samples reported hours of worked in the last week the person worked. The question was asked to all persons age 10+ who were economically active.

Comparability — Pakistan [top]

The variable reports hours worked in the week before the census.

Comparability — Panama [top]

The 1970 sample excludes self-employed persons from the universe. The sample reports hours worked last week.

Comparability — Puerto Rico [top]

The data record usual hours worked per week the previous year.

Data on actual hours worked last week, grouped into categories, is available for 1970 in HRSWORK2.

Comparability — Saint Lucia [top]

Both samples report hours worked in the week preceding the census.

Comparability — South Africa [top]

The question asked for the number of hours the person actually worked the week before the census. If they were absent from work they were to report the usual number of hours they worked.

Comparability — Spain [top]

The question asked for the number of hours the person usually worked per week.

The labor force surveys refer to the number of hours worked per week by contract or agreement. For irregular jobs, it refers to the average number of hours worked per week in the last four weeks. The source variable reports the number of hours and minutes worked.

Comparability — Switzerland [top]

The variable considers hours worked in full-time and part-time employment. See the unharmonized source variables to identify these values separately. Additionally, all Swiss samples provide more roughly categorized hours of work in the source variables.

Comparability — Trinidad and Tobago [top]

In 1970, the census question refers to the number of hours worked during the week preceding enumeration. Responses indicating less than one hour were coded to "0 hours" of work per week. The data for this sample are top-coded at 91 or more hours.

Comparability — United States [top]

The data record usual hours worked per week the previous year.

Data on actual hours worked per week, grouped into categories, is available for 1960 and 1970 in HRSWORK2.

Comparability — Venezuela [top]

Both samples asked for the number of hours the person worked last week at all of his or her jobs.

Universe

  • Brazil 1991: Persons age 10+ who were employed
  • Brazil 2000: Persons age 10+ who were employed
  • Canada 1981: Persons age 15+, excluding inmates
  • Canada 1991: Persons age 15+ currently employed
  • Canada 2001: Persons age 15+
  • Canada 2011: Persons age 15+
  • Dominican Republic 1981: Persons age 10+ who worked or received pay or performed unpaid work last week
  • Ecuador 1990: Persons age 8+ who were employed, unemployed, or an unpaid worker
  • Ecuador 2001: Persons that ever worked
  • Ecuador 2010: Persons age 5+ who were employed
  • El Salvador 1992: Persons age 10+ who were economically active
  • El Salvador 2007: Persons age 10+ who were economically active or experienced unemployed
  • Ghana 2000: Persons age 7+ who worked last week
  • Greece 1971: Persons age 10+ who were working or seeking work
  • Greece 1981: Persons age 10+ who were working
  • Greece 1991: Persons age 10+ who were working
  • Greece 2001: Persons age 10+ who were working
  • Greece 2011: Persons who worked last week
  • Honduras 1988: Persons age 10+ who were employed or experienced unemployed
  • Hungary 2001: Employed persons
  • Indonesia 1980: Persons age 10+ who worked or were employed
  • Indonesia 1985: Persons age 10+ who worked or were employed
  • Indonesia 1990: Persons age 10+ who worked or were employed
  • Indonesia 1995: Persons age 10+ who worked or were employed
  • Italy 2011Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2012Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2013Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2014Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2015Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2016Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2017Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Italy 2018Q1: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Jamaica 1982: Persons age 14+ in private households and some group quarters who worked last week
  • Jamaica 1991: Persons age 14+ in private households and some group quarters who worked last week
  • Jamaica 2001: Persons age 14+ who worked during the previous week
  • Jordan 2004: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • Kenya 2009: Persons age 5+ who worked or were on leave
  • Malaysia 1991: Persons age 10+ who worked last week
  • Mexico 1990: Persons age 12+ who were employed last week
  • Mexico 1995: Persons age 12+ who were employed last week
  • Mexico 2000: Persons age 12+ who were employed last week
  • Mexico 2010: Persons age 12+ who were employed last week
  • Nicaragua 1995: Persons age 10+ who were employed or experienced unemployed
  • Nicaragua 2005: Persons age 10+ who were employed or experienced unemployed
  • Nigeria 2007: Persons who were economically active
  • Nigeria 2008: Persons age 10+ who were economically active
  • Pakistan 1973: Persons age 10+ who worked last week
  • Panama 1970: Persons age 10+ who worked last week; not self-employed
  • Puerto Rico 1980: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • Puerto Rico 1990: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • Puerto Rico 2000: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • Puerto Rico 2005: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • Saint Lucia 1980: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • Saint Lucia 1991: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • South Africa 2001: Employed or economically active persons age 10+
  • Spain 2001: Persons age 16+ who were working or studying last week
  • Spain 2005Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2005Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2005Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2005Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2006Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2006Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2006Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2006Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2007Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2007Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2007Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2007Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2008Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2008Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2008Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2008Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2009Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2009Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2009Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2009Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2010Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2010Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2010Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2010Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2011Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2011Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2011Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2011Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2012Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2012Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2012Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2012Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2013Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2013Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2013Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2013Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2014Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2014Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2014Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2014Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2015Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2015Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2015Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2015Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2016Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2016Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2016Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2016Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2017Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2017Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2017Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2017Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2018Q1: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2018Q2: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2018Q3: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Spain 2018Q4: Persons age 16+ who worked for pay
  • Switzerland 2000: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1970: Persons aged 10+ who worked last week
  • United States 1980: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • United States 1990: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • United States 2000: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • United States 2005: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • United States 2010: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • United States 2015: Persons age 16+ who worked last year
  • Venezuela 1981: Persons age 12+ who had a job at the time of the census, or during the year prior, or worked the previous week
  • Venezuela 2001: Persons age 10+ in the labor force

Availability

  • Brazil: 1991, 2000
  • Canada: 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Dominican Republic: 1981
  • Ecuador: 1990, 2001, 2010
  • El Salvador: 1992, 2007
  • Ghana: 2000
  • Greece: 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Honduras: 1988
  • Hungary: 2001
  • Indonesia: 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995
  • Italy: 2011Q1, 2012Q1, 2013Q1, 2014Q1, 2015Q1, 2016Q1, 2017Q1, 2018Q1
  • Jamaica: 1982, 1991, 2001
  • Jordan: 2004
  • Kenya: 2009
  • Malaysia: 1991
  • Mexico: 1990, 1995, 2000, 2010
  • Nicaragua: 1995, 2005
  • Nigeria: 2007, 2008
  • Pakistan: 1973
  • Panama: 1970
  • Puerto Rico: 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005
  • Saint Lucia: 1980, 1991
  • South Africa: 2001
  • Spain: 2001, 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
  • Switzerland: 2000
  • Trinidad and Tobago: 1970
  • United States: 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • Venezuela: 1981, 2001