University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0629
Survey Title Working Person Survey, 2008
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 how employees perceive and comprehend their professional careers, which are constantly changing with the influence of recent social and economic trends. The fifth survey is reported here. It was conducted in an attempt to reveal the perception and understanding of employment among business people working in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe Employees of private firms and public agencies, including full-time, contract, temporary, and part-time staff, aged between 18 and 59 years and working within a 50-kilometer radius of the Tokyo Metropolitan area (Tokyo Metropolis and the Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Ibaraki prefectures), and people who worked for more than a day by the end of July 2008 (excluding students).
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size The effective responses received were 6,500 (male: 3,745, female: 2,755)
Date of Collection 2008-08-22 ~ 2008-09-19
August 22?September 19
Time Period 2008 ~ 2008
Spatial Unit ibaraki
Within a 50-kilometer radius of the Metropolitan area (Tokyo Metropolis and the Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, and Ibaraki prefectures)
Sampling Procedure Mixed probability and non-probability
Area sampling:
Participants were divided into an employee group and part-timer group, and were assigned to a group by gender and 5-year age group.

The employee group comprises “regular employees and staff.”

The part-timer group comprises “contract workers/employees on a short-term contract (shokutaku),” “dispatched workers (haken shain),” “part-timers” “casual part-time workers (arubaito),” and “outsourcing contractors.”
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire
Placement (self-administered) method
Investigator Works Institute. The analysis was supported by INTAGE, Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0629
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Survey on Working Persons, 2008 -basic report-, March 2009, Works Institute, Recruit Co., Ltd.
These reports are available on the Works Institute website:
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items
Questionnaire items:
(1) Employment condition
<Current employment condition>
-Current employment condition (Q1)
-Satisfaction with the current employment condition (Q2)
<Attributes of the employer>
-Current employer's industry (Q6)
-Number of employees of the current employer (Q7)
<Employment status>
-Current occupation/Years of experience in the current occupation (Q10)
-Current position (Q29)
-Working days per week/Working hours per week (Q9)
<Employment conditions with the current employer>
-Number of years/months of employment with the current employer/Age when employed by the current employer (Q4)
-Reasons for choosing the current employer (Q5)
<Satisfaction, realization of growth, and work-motivation>
-Satisfaction with the current employer (Q11)
-Satisfaction with the current workplace (Q8)
-Satisfaction with the current job (Q12)
-Realization of growth (Q13)
-Work-motivation (Q3)
-Ability to face challenges (Q14)
<Career stage>
-Choice of a long-term career (Q15)/Whether Respondent("R" hereafter)'s current job is congruent with his/her long-term career goals (SQ15-1)
-Career stage (Q16)
<First job>
-Employment conditions in the first job (Q27)
-Nature of the industry of the first job (Q28)

(2)Perception of the job
-R's career orientation (Q18)
-Important issues in R's career (32 items) (Q19, Q21) /The most important aspects in R's career (Q20)
-Personal relationships at work (Q17)

(3) Actual conditions related to switching jobs
-R's experience related to resignation and the number of resignations (Q33)
-Reasons for resigning/The most important reason for resigning (Q34)
-Voluntary turnover (Q35)
-The method used to find the current place of employment (Q36)
-The industry where R worked before the job change (Q37)
-Number of employees under the previous employer (Q38)
-Working days per week before the job change/Working hours per week before the job change (Q39)
-Occupation before the job change/Occupation immediately after the job change (Q40)
-Employment status under the previous employer (Q41)
-Annual compensation before the job change/compensation during the first year after the job change/compensation during the second year after the job change (Q42)

(4)Transfer before promotion
-Speed of promotion (Q30)
-Number of years of employment before promotion to the managerial level/Number of transfers/history of transfers (Q31)
-Number of years of employment before promotion to the position of a general manager/Number of transfers/history of transfers (Q32)

(5)Style of working in the future
-Employment insecurity (Q48)
-Intention to change jobs (Q43)
-Obstacles in changing jobs (Q44)
-Desire to change jobs in order to work in a rural area (Q45)
-Intention to be independent (Q46)/Degree of the desire to be independent (SQ46-1)/Style of independence (SQ46-2)
-Whether R has a side business and the intention to have a side business (Q47)/reasons for pursuing a side business (SQ47-1)

(6)Ability and learning behavior
-Business capabilities (interpersonal skills, self-management skills, problem-solving skills, professional skills, and all the abilities necessary to pursue the current field of work) (12 items) (Q49)
-The proportion of R's abilities that are of specific use in the current job (Q50)
-Learning activities that are pursued beyond work hours (Q51)
-Experiences with educational institutions after work hours (Q52)
-The nature of books of personal interest (Q53)

(7)Global experiences
-Experience of living overseas and R's age when he/she lived overseas (F14)
-Experience of working overseas (Q22)
-Frequency of English use (Q23)
-Whether foreign employees were employed at R's workplace (Q24)/employment status of the foreign employees at R's workplace (SQ24-1)
-Opportunities to work with foreigners (Q25)/duration of R's professional interaction with foreigners (SQ25-1)
-Whether R hesitates to communicate with foreigners (Q26)/the aspects regarding R's hesitation (SQ26-1)

Demographic items (F1-13, F15-17):
-Sex, age, spouse, and age when first married
-Annual compensation for the previous year (self/spouse)
-If R has children, number of children, age of the youngest child, housemates, head of the family, living arrangement, and whether an auto-lock key is installed at R's apartment
-Educational status, the university department/graduate school from which R graduated, experiences related to dropping out from the school/educational institution that R left
-Priorities in life (family/friends/leisure/work), satisfaction in life, and trust in other people
-Frequency of internet use on computers, whether R is registered as a monitor of research, the category under which R is registered, frequency of participation in research, the study in which R wishes to participate
Date of Release 2010/01/10
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Vocational education and training
Working conditions
Social and occupational mobility
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
Version 1 : 2010-01-10
Notes for Users The data were not weighted to match the attributes of the parent population from the 2006 survey.