Overview


The Labour Force Survey is used to collect important information on labour market, such as employment and unemployment. The statistics compiled from the survey will help shape national manpower policies and programmes that affect many of us. The survey is conducted either monthly or yearly, depending on the sample and survey period.

MONTHLY LABOUR FORCE SURVEY


Sample Size

22,200 Households


Frequency

Monthly


Objective

To collect data on unemployment, which is one of the most closely monitored indicators of the Singapore labour market and economy.


Information Required

General Information

  1. How many persons are living at the selected address
  2. How many households* are formed from the number of people staying at the selected address.

*Households - A household is made up of persons who share common accommodation and food arrangements. A household may consist of only one person or many persons.
For example: Mr and Mrs Wong, their 2 children and maid are staying at the selected address. In this case, these 5 persons form 1 household.

  1. Name
  2. Relationship to head of household
  3. Age
  4. Sex
  5. Race
  6. Citizenship
  7. Residential status

  1. Marital status
  2. Highest academic qualification attained
  3. Workforce Qualification Skills attained
  4. Activity status

If you are employed, you need to answer questions in Section 2A.

If you are unemployed, you need to answer questions in Section 2B.

If you are not working and not looking for job and/or not available for work, you need to answer questions in Section 2C.

  1. Employment status
  2. Occupation
  3. Industry
  4. Name of company
  5. Full-time or part-time
  6. Gross monthly income
  7. Usual hours worked
  8. Extra hours
  9. Hours of absence
  10. Type of employment (Permanent or term contract)

  1. Willingness to work additional hours
  2. Availability for additional work

  1. Duration of unemployment (in weeks)
  2. Whether worked before
  3. Main reason for leaving last job

  1. Reason for being economically inactive (i.e. the reason for not working, not looking for job or not available for work).

COMPREHENSIVE LABOUR FORCE SURVEY


Sample Size

33,000 Households


Frequency

Yearly (May-July)


Objective

To collect key information on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population.


Information Required


  1. Name
  2. NRIC/Birth Certificate/FIN No.
  3. Relationship to head of household
  4. Date of birth
  5. Sex
  6. Race
  7. Place of birth
  8. Identification type
  9. Residential status
  10. Main reason for living abroad
  11. Marital status
  12. Number of children given birth to
  13. Highest qualification attained
  14. Major field of study
  15. Place of study
  16. Institution that awarded highest qualification
  17. Vocational or skills certificate/qualification
  18. Highest vocational or skills qualification attained
  19. Whether retired from any job
  20. Current labour force status
  21. Actively looking for job
  22. Availability to work

  1. Employment status
  2. Type of business
  3. Occupation
  4. Name of company
  5. Industry
  6. Reason(s) for being self-employed
  7. Employment status preference
  8. Reason(s) for taking the job up
  9. Working full-time or part-time
  10. Reason for working part-time
  11. Willingness to work additional hours
  12. Availability for additional work
  13. Whether actively sought additional hours of work
  14. Gross monthly income from work
  15. Months of bonus received
  16. Whether in continuous employment
  17. Number of jobs
  18. Usual hours worked
  19. Job change in the last 2 years
  20. When left last job
  21. Employment status of last job
  22. Type of employment in last job
  23. Last occupation
  24. Name of last company
  25. Last industry
  26. Number of employees
  27. Duration of work with current employer
  28. Type of employment
  29. Employment agency
  30. Deployed to work in another company
  31. Paid leave
  32. Paid sick leave
  33. Rest day each week
  34. Whether actively looking for new job
  35. Availability to start work
  36. Skills utilization

  1. Duration of unemployment
  2. Activity status while looking for a job
  3. Type of job looking for
  4. Main step taken to look for job
  5. Other step(s) taken to look for job
  6. Any difficulties encountered
  7. Type of difficulties encountered
  8. Financial support
  9. Ever worked before
  10. Last occupation
  11. Last industry
  12. Main reason for leaving last job
  13. When left last job

  1. Main reason for not working and not looking for job
  2. Financial support
  3. Ever worked before
  4. When left last job
  5. Last occupation
  6. Last industry
  7. Working full-time or part-time in last job
  8. Intention to look for job
  9. When intend to look for job
  10. Preference to work full-time or part-time

  1. Gross monthly income from work
  2. Months of bonus received

  1. Highest qualification attained
  2. Duration of unemployment
  3. Activity status while currently looking for work

  1. Highest Qualification Attained
  2. Main reason for not working and not looking for job