For persons age 10 or older
[Questions 215-218 were asked of persons age 10 or older.]
216. [The respondent's] activities during the previous week:
a. Working/carrying out activities?
Working/carrying out activities are doing activities to earn/help others to earn wages/salaries/profit for at least one hour.
 1 Yes (to Q217)
 2 No
b. Does he/she have a permanent job but is temporarily not working?
For example: waiting for harvesting, holidays, illness, etc.
 1 Yes (to Q217)
 2 No
c. Seeking work?
 1 Yes (to Q219)
 2 No
d. Available for work?
 1 Yes (to Q219)
 2 No (to Q219)
Does not work
NIU (not in universe)
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
Household Members 10 Years or Older
Questions 215 through 218 are asked to household members who are 10 years of age or older. See Q204; if 10, 11, 12... 98 have been entered, then the relevant household member must be asked Q215 through Q218 where appropriate.
Questions 216 through 218: Labor Force
The objective of Q216 and Q218 is to obtain information about the labor force situation which covers activities carried out during the previous week, the main industry of that work, and the employment status of that main work activity.
Questions 216a through 216d: Activities during the Previous Week
Before asking the questions, begin with an introduction something like: "Now I will ask about work activities or endeavors of (Name) during the previous week. By previous week I mean the time period including yesterday, 2 days ago, 3 days ago, 4 days ago, 5 days ago, 6 days ago, and 7 days ago. During those 7 days (Pak Dodi) what were your activities?"
Follow the questioning path correctly:
1. Begin with Q216a: Did the household member work or have some activity? If yes, go directly to QP217; if no, go directly to Q216b.
2. Q216b: Does the household member have a permanent job but was temporarily not working? If yes, go directly to Q217; if no, go directly to Q216c.
3. Q216c: Did the household member look for work or prepare for some activity? If yes, go directly to Q219; if no, go directly to Q216d.
4. Q216d: Is the household member available for work if there is some work? Regardless of the answer go directly to Q219.
Put a mark in the oval beside "Yes" or "No" in accordance with the respondent's answers to Q216a through 216d.
Activities the Previous Week
Some information necessary for filling in this question:
1. Previous week is the period of 7 consecutive days immediately prior to the day of the enumeration. For example, the enumeration is conducted on 16 May 2010, then the intended previous week includes 9 May through 15 May 2010.
2. Work is any type of activity that is carried out with the intention of obtaining or helping to obtain income or profit if performed for a period of at least one hour during the previous week. Work performed for one hour has to be performed continuously and cannot be interrupted. Income or profit can be in the form of wages/salary/income including all allowances and bonuses for a laborer/employee/worker or in the form of rent or profit for an entrepreneur.
3. Has a permanent job but during the previous week temporarily did not work due to vacation, illness, leave of absence, waiting for the next phase of work, or waiting to be called back to work.
a. Carrying out work in the concept of working means conducting some economic activity which produces goods or services. Example: A household maid is considered working whether he/she is a member of the employer's household or not.
b. A person who has a profession which he uses to provide for his household needs is considered working. Example: A Doctor who gives medicine to one of his own household members, a construction worker who makes repairs to his own home and a tailor who sews his own clothes.
c. A household member who assists the head of household or another household member carry out his work such as in the rice field, other agricultural field, kiosk/shop and the like is considered to have work even though he does not receive wages/salary/income (unpaid worker).
d. A person who cultivates plants which are only for his own consumption is considered not working, except for the cultivation of main staple foods such as rice, corn, sago palm, or alternative crops (cassava, sweet potato, potato).
e. A casual worker either in the agricultural sector or nonagricultural sector who is waiting for work is considered not working.
4. Looking for work is the activity of those who are trying to find work.
Those classified as looking for work:
a. Those who have been relieved of their duties and will be called back to work, but currently they are looking for some other work.
b. Those who have never worked and now are looking for work.
c. Those who have ever worked, but for some reason stopped working or were terminated and now are looking for work.
d. Those who usually attend school or manage the household and now are looking for work. The time period is the previous week. Looking for work is not limited to the previous week, but can be carried out some time in the past as long as during the previous week they were still looking for work. Also included in this category are those who sent applications and are waiting for replies.
5. Preparing for some activity is an activity carried out by someone in the framework of preparing for some "new" endeavor (not expanding or developing a current endeavor), with the intention of producing an income/profit at his own risk with or without employing a laborer/employee/worker either paid or unpaid.
Preparing for some activity means whether or not these measures were successful such as obtaining capital or equipment, looking for a place, obtaining license/permission to conduct a business and so on, these efforts were carried out.
Preparing for some activity doesn't include an activity which is just being planned, or just an intention and just attending courses/training for starting a business. Preparing for some activity in this question will later lead to a classification of one who works on his own (own account worker/self employed) or carries out a business/effort assisted by temporary workers/unpaid workers or assisted by permanent workers/paid workers.
The activity of preparing for some endeavor should not be limited to the period of the previous week, but could have been carried out some time earlier as long as during the previous week the respondent was still preparing for the endeavor.
Preparing for some endeavor includes the following:
a. Obtaining capital in the form of cash or kind needed for the endeavor or business either by obtaining the funds needed (the plans for the business are already clear/definite) or by borrowing from others or institutions which can extend credit.
b. Those who are currently or have just recently organized the necessary licenses/permits in an effort to create a venture or business.
c. Those who currently or recently have looked for a place for the business or venture.
d. Those who have ever had a business and stopped/went bankrupt, but at the time of the enumeration were preparing for a venture/endeavor.
a. Rahmi is building a store in the yard of his home as a means of preparing a business to sell Muslim clothing using funds borrowed from a cooperative.
b. After completing a beauty course last month, Intan is shopping for the items she needs for a beauty salon that she will open using money she has saved as the capital which she took from the bank two days ago.
c. Because Udin was let go from the company where he worked, he bought a motorbike last week in order to form a business of offering rides to those who need them [in Indonesian this type of business is called ojek).
d. Bingket is looking for a location to start a restaurant after her clothing store went bankrupt eight months ago.
6. Available for work means a person has the desire to work or accept a job, but is not actively looking for work. A respondent is categorized as available for work if the respondent spontaneously answers "Yes" or "I will". However, if the response contains certain conditions such as "Must see what the salary/wages are or asks what type of work it is or has other conditions or uses other words to express some hesitation such as perhaps, nevertheless, depends . . . ", then the respondent's answer is not classified as available for work.
This variable indicates if the person worked during the previous week.
Persons age 10+ in permanent households in regular and remote enumeration areas