Workplace Survey

Status:
Inactive
Frequency:
One Time
Record number:
5180

The survey collects data on a wide range of labour characteristics, such as workplace demographics, workplace employment profile, labour turnover, job vacancies, hard-to-fill jobs and their impacts for employers, as well as current and future skills-shortage vacancies.

Detailed information for 2011

Data release - No data will be released.

Description

The survey collects data on a wide range of labour characteristics, such as workplace demographics, workplace employment profile, labour turnover, job vacancies, hard-to-fill jobs and their impacts for employers, as well as current and future skills-shortage vacancies.

Particular focus is given to job vacancies, skills shortages, as well as which occupations are in greatest demand. In addition, the survey collects information on foreign workers and green jobs in the economy. Survey data will be used by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to address current and emerging policy issues affecting workplaces and employment conditions.

Subjects

  • Labour
  • Labour mobility, turnover and work absences

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population for the survey is defined as all business locations operating in Canada that have paid employees, with the following exceptions:

- employers operating in crop production and animal production; fishing, hunting and trapping; religious organizations; private households; federal, provincial, and territorial public administration; and other extra-territorial public administration.

Instrument design

The questionnaire for the survey was designed by Labour Statistics Division and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The 2010 pilot survey of the questionnaire resulted in major revisions to the questionnaire. These revisions were tested by Statistics Canada's Questionnaire Design Resource Centre, through the use of cognitive testing with businesses in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Labour Statistics Division of Statistics Canada reviewed and revised the questionnaire based on the recommendations and results of the testing.

Sampling

This is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design.

The initial sample size of the Workplace Survey is 30,000 business locations. The sample is stratified by industry and size of business. Prior to the collection of the main survey, there is a pre-contact phase to verify and correct contact information for the respondents. After the pre-contact, a final sample of 25,000 is selected for the main survey. The 5000 cases eliminated from the final sample are cases that were confirmed as out-of-scope, or who could not be contacted.

The out-of-scope units are defined in the following manner:

1. workplaces operating in the following industries: agriculture and related industries; fishing and trapping; private households; religious organizations; federal and provincial/territorial public administration; international and other extra-territorial public administration; and
2. units without employees or units with only one employee who is assumed to be both the employer and employee.

With a view to maximize the probability that the selected unit is alive any unit that has not been confirmed as alive in the last 13 months before sample selection is eliminated. Furthermore, any unit where it cannot be confirmed that the firm has employees is also eliminated.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2012-01-03 to 2012-03-31

Responding to this survey is mandatory.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Prior to the start of the collection period, all companies in the sample are pre-contacted to determine through a series of filter questions whether they are in-scope for the survey and to identify the contact person best placed to respond to the questionnaire. The pre-contact phase is done by computer-assisted telephone interview.

After the pre-contact phase, questionnaires are mailed to those companies found to be in scope. Telephone follow-up is undertaken with companies that did not respond within a period of 21 days of the mailing. Respondents also have the option to complete the questionnaire by CATI interview. Questionnaires that are mailed back are optically scanned.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.