University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0535
Survey Title Working Person Survey, 2006
Depositor Recruit Works Institute
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Summary Since 2000, Works Institute Recruit Co., Ltd. has been planning and conducting periodical and multifaceted surveys to understand the working person's reality and consciousness of the working life, which is constantly changing with the influence of recent social and economic trends. This is the fourth survey. This survey was conducted in an attempt to uncover the reality and consciousness of employment among business people working in the Metropolitan area. The survey specifically investigates their attitude toward switching jobs and developing their careers.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Employees of private firms and public agencies, including full-time, contract, temporary, and part-time staff, aged 18 - 59 years and working in the Metropolitan area within a 50-kilometer radius (Tokyo Metropolis and the Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Ibaraki Prefectures), and who worked for more than one day by the end of July 2006 (excluding students).
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Effective responses were 6,500 (male: 3,806, female: 2,694)
Date of Collection 2006-08-24 ~ 2006-09-07
August 24-September 7, 2006
Time Period 2006 ~ 2006
Spatial Unit ibaraki
Metropolitan area within a 50-kilometer radius (Tokyo Metropolis and the Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Ibaraki Prefectures)
Sampling Procedure Mixed probability and non-probability
Area sampling
Employees were divided into two groups-a firm/agency staff group and a part-time staff group-and allocated according to their sex and a five-year age group. The firm/agency staff group includes full-time, contract, and temporary employees, while the part-time staff group includes part-time employees.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire
Placement (self-administered) method
Investigator Works Institute
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0535
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Works Institute (January 2007) Survey on Working Persons, 2006
These reports are available on the website of Works Institutes:

Shugyo keitai no tayouka to kigyounai roudou shijou no hen-yo - survey on working person 2006 no sai bunseki [Diversification in the working status and transformation of the labor market in the organization: Secondary analysis of a survey on working persons, 2006],Nihon rodo kenkyu zasshi, [The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies] No.571, February 2008, Takashi Nishimura, Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Questionnaire items:

(1) Working style (employment status): Employment status, degree of satisfaction with current employment status, attitude toward work, and reasons for working.

(2) Current employer and workplace: Year/month and age when employed by current employer, reason for choosing current employer, industry, number of employees, managerial position, evaluation toward supervisor, rate of overall satisfaction with current workplace, working hours per week, current occupation, number of years of experience in current occupation, rate of overall satisfaction with current employer, and work motivation compared with that of two years ago.

(3) Current occupation: Phases in R's career, number of years required to become an expert, current level of mastering skills, satisfaction with current job, presence or absence of R's own customer, consciousness of customer's needs, features and details of the service R provides, and business field of Rs' services.

(4) Working style after graduation to date: Experienced employment status, if current working status is the desired one, age when first employed, number of years since first employment, if R has prior experience in changing employers.

(5) Experience with and number of times R resigned from/switched a job: Experience and number of times R resigned from a job, reason for resigning, voluntary turnover, and method used to find the current employer/occupation.

(6) Working style prior to job switch and details about previous employer: Occupation prior to job switch, number of employees at previous employer, working hours per day at previous employer, working hours per week at previous employer, occupation prior to and after job switch, working status at previous employer, and annual compensation prior to and after switch.

(7) Working style and job switch in the future: View of careers, intention to switch job and job switching activity, obstacles in the job switch, wish to switch job to one in a rural area, intention to be independent in the future, style of independence, intention to conduct a side business, reason for conducting a side business, and anxiety toward unemployment.

(8) Ability and learning behavior
Current ability and developing ability (interpersonal skill, self-management skill, problem-solving skill, processing skill, and thinking ability), efforts toward self-education within the last one month (method of self-education, time spent in self-education, expenditure on self-education, and reason for not making efforts toward self-education), and education opportunities provided by the employer.

Face items:
Sex; age; spouse; age of first marriage; annual compensation (self and spouse); if R has children, the number of children and age when the first child was born; housemates; education; department of school that R graduated from; experience in dropping out of school; and educational institute that R dropped out of.
Date of Release
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Vocational education and training
Working conditions
Social and occupational mobility
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2007-06-08
Notes for Users The data were not weighted to match the attributes of the parent population from the 2006 survey.
Data sets are written in Japanese.