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EMPLOYED PERSONS

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Definition:
The employed comprise all persons above a specified age who during a specified brief period, either one week or one day, were in the following categories:

(a) paid employment:

- at work: persons who during the reference period performed some work for a wage or salary, in cash or in kind;
- with a job but not at work: persons who, having already worked in their present job, were temporarily not at work during the reference period and had a formal attachment to their job. This formal attachment should be determined in the light of national circumstances, according to one or more of the following criteria: the continued receipt of wage or salary; an assurance of return to work following the end of the contingency, or an agreement as to the date of return; the elapsed duration of absence from the job which, wherever relevant, may be that duration for which workers can receive compensation benefits without obligations to accept other jobs;

(b) self-employment

- at work; persons who during the reference period performed some work for profit or family gain, in cash or in kind;
- with an enterprise but not at work: persons with an enterprise, which may be a business enterprise, a farm or a service undertaking, who were temporarily not at work during the reference period for any specific reason.

For operational purposes the notion of “some work” may be interpreted as work for at least one hour
.

Source Publication:
International Labour Organization (ILO) Resolutions Concerning Economically Active Population, Employment, Unemployment and Underemployment Adopted by the 13th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, October 1982, para. 9.

Hyperlink:
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/res/index.htm

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics - Labour force statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, March 04, 2003