The People's Security Survey (PSS) is a household survey conducted by the International Labour Orgnaisation's (ILO) Social Security Department (SECSOC). The survey seeks to track the seven forms of work-related security comprising decent work, as well as highlighting people's aspirations and sense of social justice. Between 2000 and 2003, these surveys were conducted in 15 countries and in 2005 these were conducted in three countries: Namibia, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. Because the survey instrument was being developed during that time, and for budgetary reasons, the samples and survey design varied. In some countries, a national representative survey was conducted; in others, representative samples were drawn only from selected regions or from urban areas only.
Insecurity is partly objective, partly subjective. To develop a strategy for reducing socio economic insecurity, it is necessary to consider both objective and subjective indicators of security. While it may be relatively easy to create objective indices of socio economic security, to create sound indicators that capture subjective elements of socio economic security, effort has to be made to find out what people in different parts of the world, from different social and demographic groups, perceive as the extent of their security or insecurity. It was with this purpose that IFPSES launched its PSS in mid 2000. The objective of the PSS is therefore to:
- Provide an improved understanding of perceived needs of people for policies and institutional support to provide them with basic security.
- Enable the creation of a Decent Work Index, which is crucial to ILO's work.
- Provide important information that can be used to flag security concerns of workers in ILO
- Reports and other documents.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
The scope of Ghana PSS 2002 includes:
- Household roster
- Basic security
- Labour market security
- Employment security
- Job security
- Skill security
- Work security
- Income security
- Representation security
3 regions. Rural and Urban.
Producers and sponsors
International Labour Organisation
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Centre for Social Policy Studies
University of Ghana
The PSS contain about 100 questions - some common to all respondents, and some to specific worker or social groups. A set of core questions are asked in all the PSS. In addition there are questions about specific issues that are important in the context of the country and/or the socio economic group that the PSS targets. The questionnaires are divided into sections by the seven types of securities that the IFP/SES monitors (except three Latin American surveys).
In addition, there are sections on:
- Background characteristics - these refer to a respondent's age, marital status and household characteristics.
- Basic security - Basic security is analysed in these surveys in terms of access to adequate food, health care, shelter and access to water.
- Social justice - these set of questions explore people's sense of social justice since these perceptions are closely linked to the sense of anxiety and distributive justice that underlies insecurity.
International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Social Security Department
International Labour Organization
SES Database - Global
International Labour Organization
World Bank Microdata Library
Public use files, accessible to all
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
International Labour Organisation. Ghana People's Security Survey 2002. Ref. GHA_2002_PSS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from http://www.ilo.org/dyn/sesame/pss.pss_files on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
DDI Document ID
Development Economics Data Group
Generation of the DDI
DDI Document version
Version 01 (August 2011)