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Using Large-Scale Government Microdata for Employment and Labour Market Research

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Computer Lab 2.2, 2nd floor, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester

A one day training event organised by ESDS government in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics.

This workshop is aimed at anyone unfamiliar with large scale government datasets or labour market research. It will introduce those interested in the broad areas of labour market and employment to the microdata available at ESDS Government. It will provide participants with:

1. a broad overview of the different type of information available in the main large scale Government surveys that can be used in conjunction with traditional labour market indicators;
2. a more detailed presentation of the Labour Force Survey, including its fieldwork and data quality issues;
3. a hands-on computer practical enabling users to familiarise themselves with LFS data and perform simple analysis.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.


9.30 Coffee and registration

Welcome and introduction


Microdata sources for analysing employment and the labour market: what is available through the Economic and Social Data Service

Pierre Walthery, ESDS Government


Ian Dunlop, University of Manchester



Coffee break


Exercise: The LFS in the news

Necla Acik-Toprak, ESDS Government


The Labour Force Survey: fieldwork and data collection

Matthew Steel, ONS

12.15 Lunch

Data quality issues with the LFS

Matthew Steel, ONS

14.15 Computer Practical 1: Accessing the data and opening it in Stata/SPSS (ESDS Government)
15.00 Coffee Break
15.15 Computer Practical 2: Performing simple analyses using the Labour Force Survey (ESDS Government)
16.30 End

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