Class of worker of experienced labour force person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on April 20, 2015.

Definition

Class of worker refers to whether a person is an employee or is self-employed. The self-employed include persons with or without a business, as well as unpaid family workers.

Experienced labour force person refers to persons 15 years and over currently in the labour force who are employed or who were employed at some point during a long reference period such as a year or more.

Usage

Class of worker applies to a specific job.

For the Census of Population/National Household Survey, the specific job is usually the job the person held in the reference week. However, if the person did not work during that week but had worked at some time since January 1 of the prior year, the information relates to the job held longest during that period. Persons with two or more jobs were to report the information for the job at which they worked the most hours.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are two different international perspectives on the treatment of working owners of incorporated businesses. The definitions of "employee" and "self-employed" used in this standard follow from the perspective of the International Labour Organization (ILO). In this perspective, working owners of incorporated businesses are considered to hold "employee jobs" since they work for the corporation.

The other perspective is found in the System of National Accounts (SNA). In this perspective, working owners of incorporated businesses are considered to hold "employee jobs" since they work for the corporation.
The inclusion of unpaid family workers with the self-employed is compatible with the standards of the ILO as well as that of the SNA.

Sources:

International Labour Office, Ralf Hussmanns, Farhad Mehran, and Vijay Verma, "Surveys of economically active population, employment, unemployment and underemployment: An ILO manual on concepts and methods" (Geneva, 1990).
European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations and World Bank, System of National Accounts 2008 (New York, 2009).
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistical Division, United Nations, "Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses", Revision 2 (New York, 2008).

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Relation to previous version

  • Class of worker of experienced labour force person April 20, 2015 to current

    This is the current standard.

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