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HRSWORK2
Hours worked per week, categorized

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Description

HRSWORK2 indicates the number of hours the respondent worked per week at all jobs, categorized into intervals.

Comparability — Index

GENERAL
Brazil
Canada
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Honduras
Indonesia
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Kenya
Mexico
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Portugal
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. For most samples, the variable includes all hours worked, whether in the person's primary occupation or not.

The age of the person to whom the question applies varies across the samples, as does the specific reference week. Some samples have slightly different categorizations noted in the country comparability discussions, and some samples are top-coded at the 40 to 48 hour category (see the codes page).

HRSWORK2 largely replicates the information in HRSWORK1. The key difference between the two variables is that HRSWORK2 has categorized the response into intervals (less than 15 hours, 15-29 hours, and so forth). HRSWORK2 also contains some additional samples.

Some samples are top-coded beneath the "49 or more" interval. Refer to the category availability tab to identify these samples or review the frequencies.

Where the underlying data were already categorized, the intervals do not always exactly match those documented in the labels for HRSWORK2. These are the exceptions:

1 to 14 hours
1 to 16: Trinidad and Tobago 1980-2000
15 to 29 hours
15 to 30: Germany 1970
15 to 30: Venezuela 1971
17 to 32: Trinidad and Tobago 1980-2000
30 to 39 hours
31 or more: Germany 1970
33 to 40: Trinidad and Tobago 1980-2000
31 to 39: Venezuela 1971
40 to 48 hours
40 to 49: Israel 1972
41 or more: Trinidad and Tobago 1980-1990
41 to 50: Trinidad and Tobago 2000
49 or more hours
50 or more: Israel 1972
51 or more: Trinidad and Tobago 2000

Some samples record implausible numbers of hours. All responses above 140 hours are coded to "unknown." The original information is retained in the source variables.

Similar information to HRSWORK2 (not categorized) 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 employed usually. Some samples code these cases as zero hours worked but others solicit the typical hours worked for this subset of the universe.

Comparability — Brazil [top]

Time spent outside of the workplace in work-related tasks was to be included; time set aside for meals was to be excluded.

Comparability — Canada [top]

The 1991 sample includes only employed persons; the other samples include all persons above the minimum age.

The 1971 sample has data on hours worked, but the categories were incompatible with HRSWORK2. See the unharmonized variable CA1971A_0430.

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 samples, the question asked for the number or 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 — Germany [top]

The variable is available only for the 1970 sample. The categorization for the Germany 1970 sample is slightly different at the 30 hour per week break point. The Germany sample includes 30 hours per week in the "15-29" hours grouping, whereas the integrated variable for other samples codes 30 hours per week to the "30-39 hours" category. In addition, the highest category available for the Germany sample is "More than 30 hours" which is entered here in the "30 to 39 hours" category.

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.

Comparability — Honduras [top]

The question asked for the number of hours the person actually worked the week before the census.

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 — Israel [top]

The 1983 and 1995 samples are top-coded at 40 to 48 hours.

The 1972 sample uses slightly different categories: 40 to 49 and 50 or more hours.

Comparability — Italy [top]

The labor force surveys from 2011-2018 refer to the number of hours usually worked per week.

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.

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 this subset of the universe.

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 person's age 10+ that 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. It reports hours worked last week.

Comparability — Portugal [top]

The samples are top-coded at 40 to 48 hours. Hours of work data for 1981 are not included because they were not compatibly categorized.

Comparability — Puerto Rico [top]

The data for 1970 report actual hours worked in the previous week; the 1980-2005 samples record usual hours worked per week during the previous year. The minimum age for answering the question changed from 14 to 16 years between 1970 and 1980.

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 from 2005-2018 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 both hours and minutes worked.

Comparability — Switzerland [top]

The variable combines hours worked in full-time and part-time employment. See the unharmonized source variables to identify these values separately. Additionally, all Swiss samples provide roughly categorized hours of work in the source variables that could not be integrated into HRSWORK2.

Comparability — Trinidad and Tobago [top]

The census question asks about hours of work in the week prior to the census.

The 1980, 1990, and 2000 hours of work responses are provided in intervals, which are roughly approximate to those in HRSWORK2. See details in the general comparability discussion. In all samples, responses indicating less than 1 hour of work were coded to "0 hours" per week.

Comparability — United States [top]

The data differ between 1960-1970 and 1980-2015. For 1980-2010, the data record usual hours worked per week the previous year. In 1960 and 1970 the data are actual hours worked in the week prior to the census.

The age universe for the question also changes from 14 and older in 1960-1970 to 16 and older in the later years.

Comparability — Venezuela [top]

The meaning of the question differs among the samples. In 1971 and 2001 the question asked for the number of hours the person actually worked last week; in 1981 the question asked for the hours the person regularly worked.

The Venezuela 1971 sample has some minor differences in how it categorizes hours worked: 15 to 30 and 31 to 39 hours.

Universe

  • Brazil 1980: Persons age 10+ who were employed
  • 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
  • Germany 1970: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Ghana 2000: Persons age 7+ who worked last week
  • Greece 1971: Persons born before 1961 who were working or seeking work
  • Greece 1981: Persons born before 1971 who were working
  • Greece 1991: Persons born before 1981 who were working
  • Greece 2001: Persons born before 1991 who were working
  • Greece 2011: Persons who worked last week
  • Honduras 1988: Persons age 10+ who were employed or experienced unemployed
  • Hungary 2001: Persons who were employed
  • 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
  • Israel 1972: Persons age 14+ in the labor force
  • Israel 1983: Persons age 15+ in annual labor force
  • Israel 1995: Persons age 15+ in annual labor force
  • 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 during the previous week
  • Jamaica 1991: Persons age 14+ in private households and some group quarters who worked during the previous week
  • Jamaica 2001: Persons age 14+ who worked at least one hour, including farming or odd jobs 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
  • 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
  • Portugal 1991: Persons employed or seeking work
  • Portugal 2001: Persons employed or seeking work
  • Portugal 2011: Persons age 15+ who were economically active
  • Puerto Rico 1970: Persons age 14+ who were at work last week
  • 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+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2005Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2005Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2005Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2006Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2006Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2006Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2006Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2007Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2007Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2007Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2007Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2008Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2008Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2008Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2008Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2009Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2009Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2009Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2009Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2010Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2010Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2010Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2010Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2011Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2011Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2011Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2011Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2012Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2012Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2012Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2012Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2013Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2013Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2013Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2013Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2014Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2014Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2014Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2014Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2015Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2015Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2015Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2015Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2016Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2016Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2016Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2016Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2017Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2017Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2017Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2017Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2018Q1: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2018Q2: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2018Q3: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Spain 2018Q4: Persons age 16+ with paid work last week
  • Switzerland 2000: Persons age 15+ who were employed
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1970: Persons aged 10+ who worked last week
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1980: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1990: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • Trinidad and Tobago 2000: Persons age 15+ who worked last week
  • United States 1960: Persons age 14+ who worked last week
  • United States 1970: Persons age 14+ 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 1971: Persons not institutionalized or disabled for work, that have worked for pay before
  • 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: 1980, 1991, 2000
  • Canada: 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Dominican Republic: 1981
  • Ecuador: 1990, 2001, 2010
  • El Salvador: 1992, 2007
  • Germany: 1970
  • Ghana: 2000
  • Greece: 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Honduras: 1988
  • Hungary: 2001
  • Indonesia: 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995
  • Israel: 1972, 1983, 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
  • Portugal: 1991, 2001, 2011
  • Puerto Rico: 1970, 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, 1980, 1990, 2000
  • United States: 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • Venezuela: 1971, 1981, 2001