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French Equivalent: Situation dans l'emploi

Status in employment refers to the status of an economically active person with respect to his or her employment, that is to say, the type of explicit or implicit contract of employment with other persons or organizations that the person has in his/her job.

The basic criteria used to define the groups of the classification are the economic risk, an element of which is the strength of the attachment between the person and the job, and the type of authority over establishments and other workers that the person has or will have in the job. Care should be taken to ensure that an economically active person is classified by status in employment on the basis of the same job(s) as used for classifying the person by “occupation”, “industry” and “sector”.

It is recommended that the economically active population should be classified by status in employment as follows:

- employees, among whom it may be possible to distinguish between employees with stable contracts (including regular employees) and other employees;
- employers;
- own-account workers;
- contributing family workers;
- members of producers' co-operatives;
- persons not classifiable by status.

Source Publication:
Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 1. United Nations, New York, 1998, Series M, No. 67, Rev. 1, paras. 2.226-2.227

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics - Labour force statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, April 28, 2003