Italian Labour Force Survey – Annual file (2018)



Changelog (Archive version):

1.1 - 2021-07-30
* change of data usage license

1.0 - 2020-05-27
* first import routine of the study
* creation of new variables (distributed only to the members) concerning the qualification (SG25) and the type of course attended (H3) based on the information provided by the source. For more information see the attached documentation
* compared to the information provided by the source, some variables (RELPARM, AMATRIM, NN2M, RPN2M, TN2M) were renamed to make them equal to those already present in the previous waves of the study. For more information see the attached documentation
* the number of records of the dataset published in “Methodological Notes” (“Documentazione tecnica relativa al file di microdati per utenti MICRO.STAT”) is not correct: the real amount is 97141+93406+92172+92071=374790.



Changelog (Source release):

1.0 - 2019-04-17
* first release



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Time Dimensions:
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Series Name:
RFL - Labour Force Survey

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The Italian Labour Force Survey is the main source of statistical information on the Italian labor market. The information gathered from the population constitutes the basis on which official estimations of employment and unemployment are calculated, as well as information on the main job’s issues – occupation, sector of economic activity, hours worked, contracts’ type and duration, training.

The survey data are used to analyze a number of individual, family and social factors too, such as the increasing labor mobility, changing professions, the growth in female participation, etc.., which determine the difference in labor participation of the population.

This database is the result of the union of the four quarterly datasets for the year 2018. In this way, it is possible to calculate the annual estimations at the national, macro-regional and regional levels.

The documentation available on this page refers to the survey conducted in the last quarter.

For more information, please refer to the pages of the individual quarterly surveys of 2018:

Italian Labour Force Survey – January (2018)
Italian Labour Force Survey – April (2018)
Italian Labour Force Survey – July (2018)
Italian Labour Force Survey – October (2018)

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Topic Classification:

  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - employment
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - in-job training
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - unemployment
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - working conditions
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: metropolitan municipality

    Analysis Unit: individual, family

    Universe: whole national population

    Sample Procedure: 64,018 households, 374,790 individuals. Two-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details

    Collection Mode: Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI)

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 1 dataset in SPSS (members only) or CSV (other users) format; 1 questionnaire in PDF format (last quarter - ita); 1 methodological notes in PDF format (last quarter - ita); 1 codebook in PDF format (ita); 1 PDF file with UniData's archive notes (ita); 1 ZIP file including the documentation from the source (codes for ATECO2007, CP2011, ISCED2011, ISCO08 classifications, sampling error estimations at the national, macro-regional and regional levels) (6 file)


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    Istat. (2018) Italian Labour Force Survey – Annual file. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN204. Data file version 1.1

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