Italian Labour Force Survey – Annual file (2023)



Changelog (Archive version):

1.0 - 2024-06-03
* first import routine of the study
* compared to the information provided by the source, some variables (AMATRIMCR, HATWORK_D, ORELAVMCR, HATLEV3MOD, HATFIELD_D) have been renamed to homogenize them with the UniData archiving standard. Other variables (QB07, SESSO, PIEPAR, DETIND, COEFF_CCP, INCDEC) have been removed. For more information see the attached documentation.



Changelog (Source release):

1.0 - 2024-04-09
* first release



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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (panel)

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.

Starting from the first quarter of 2021, the indications of European Regulation 1700/2019 have been transposed, which concern in particular the changes in the definitions of family and employee, and a new questionnaire has been adopted (see notes).

This database is the result of the union of the four quarterly datasets for the year 2023. 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 2023:

Italian Labour Force Survey – January (2023)
Italian Labour Force Survey – April (2023)
Italian Labour Force Survey – July (2023)
Italian Labour Force Survey – October (2023)

Data are available for free in CSV format (registration required). After logging in, please click on the green button download_arrow in the box at the right.

In order to optimize the time of use of the dataset, UniData offers a service of conversion in the statistical software format (SPSS, Stata, R or SAS). For detailed information visit the Services for Istat Data page.

For members, instead, data are available in the main formats used by the software for the statistical analysis.

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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: region

    Analysis Unit: individual, family

    Universe: residents in Italy

    Sample Procedure: 60,730 households, 502,608 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) (ita) (6 file)


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    Data Archive Notes (pdf):
    Documentation (zip):
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    Istat. (2023) Italian Labour Force Survey – Annual file. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN254. Data file version 1.0

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    From the first quarter of 2021, the new European Regulation also requires that the survey provide the gross remuneration instead of net remuneration. The variable regarding the remuneration will be released through a specific update file.

    For details of the changes introduced starting from the first quarter of 2021, see the Methodological Notes and Labour Force 2021: what’s new in the survey