University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0996
Survey Title The Questionnaire Survey on Work and Life of Workers, 2014.10
Depositor JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
(Former Name:Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards)
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Educational Purpose Available for both research and instructional purposes.
Period of Data Use Permission One year
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Summary The purpose of this survey is to periodically explore workers’ attitudes toward economic trends in Japan and their current state of work and living through a questionnaire survey and to obtain basic information with which to consider policy issues from the perspective of improving quality of life of workers.

The survey has been conducted regularly in April and October of every year since the first survey in April 2001, with its principal purpose being the clarification of the state of and views regarding work and living of a diverse range of workers. In addition to a fixed-point survey on workers’ perceptions of business confidence, cost of living, and work itself, this 28th edition of the survey features new items related to the “unscheduled working hours in September,” “unpaid work,” and “recognition of situation concerning working hours’ management (fixed point survey in October)” as an auxiliary-fixed-point observation survey. As specific topics, items concerning “recent wage trends,” “impact of consumption tax increase on consumption,” and “situation of manpower shortage and stress” were included.

Since the 21st survey (conducted in April 2011), a change was made from the previous mail access panel survey to an Internet-based web access panel survey to expand the number of survey targets. This survey is the 8th survey to be conducted in such a way.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Private company employees in their 20s to early 60s who live in the Greater Tokyo Area or Kansai region
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size In 20s to 50s: 1,845 people,in early 60s: 155 people
Date of Collection 2014-10-01 ~ 2014-10-06
2014/10/01 – 10/06
Time Period 2014 ~ 2014
Spatial Unit saitama
The Greater Tokyo Area(Saitama/Chiba/Tokyo/Kanagawa prefectures)
Kansai region (Shiga/Kyoto/Osaka/Hyogo/Nara/Wakayama prefectures)
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
1. Based on 2,000 people, which is the number of survey subjects that was assumed in advance, we created sample allocation criteria reflecting the distribution ratio of gender, age group, and employment status of employees aged 20 to 64 years, located in the Greater Tokyo Area and Kansai region according to the “2012 (Heisei 24) Employment Status Survey.”

2. Based on the allocation criteria, among the private company employers (approximately 60,000 subjects) residing in the Greater Tokyo area and Kansai region who are registered with INTAGE Inc., we randomly sampled each layer to obtain responses above the allocation criteria and requested them to respond to the questionnaire.

3. The sample was determined randomly from among the responses received, ensuring that the number sampled from each group accorded with the allocation criteria.

*Note that INTAGE Inc. mainly searches for access panel participants via Internet sites and recruitment advertisements in newspapers and magazines, etc.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)
Internet-based web access panel survey (self-administered on line)
Investigator Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards, survey carried out by INTAGE Research Inc.
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0996
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Questionnaire
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items [Questionnaire items]
(1) Economic trends and business condition
Japan’s economic environment, business situation at the place of employment, increase or decrease in number of employees, increase or decrease in actual hours worked, unemployment concerns, etc.

(2) Income, consumption, living conditions
- Increase or decrease in personal wage income, increase or decrease in total income of household, increase or decrease in total household consumption, sense of fluctuation in prices, household living conditions, etc.
(3) Evaluation of work and life
Recognition of current work, intention to change jobs, satisfaction level with current work, satisfaction level with life in general

(4) Labor union
Existence of labor union at the place of employment, membership status/Intention to join/necessity of a union

(5) Non-scheduled working hours, unpaid labor, awareness regarding working hour management situation in September (Fixed point survey in October)

- Non-scheduled working hours in September
Presence of non-scheduled working hours, number of non-scheduled working hours, thoughts on exceeding non-scheduled working hours, reason for exceeding non-scheduled working hours

- Unpaid labor
Whether eligible for overtime allowance, time not reported for overtime allowance, number of hours not reported for overtime allowance, reason for not reporting on time, reason for self-adjusting working hours to report, e experience of health issues due to long working hours

- Awareness of situation concerning working hours management (Fixed point survey in October)
Awareness of situation concerning working hours and work management, problems at current workplace

(6) Recent wage trends, impact of consumption tax increase on consumption
Income and expenditure situation of household budget, impact of rise in consumption tax rate on product prices and household budget, wages and desire to consume

(7) Situation of manpower shortage and stress
Workers’ perception of staff shortage (one year ago/currently), increase or decrease in stress from the busy season

[Face items]
Gender, age, area of residence, employment status, period of employment. employer’s industry, marital status, highest level of educational attainment, working hours, annual wage income, annual household income, spouse’s employment status, household savings, loan situation, financial provider in the household, family members who share the same household income, age of the youngest child, support for the current Cabinet, size of company by number of employees, occupation type, years of continuous employment, etc.

*For details of survey items, please refer to the questionnaire
Date of Release 2015/09/29
Topics in CESSDA Click here for details

Economic conditions and indicators
Labour relations/conflict
Working conditions
Topics in SSJDA Employment/Labor
Version 1 : 2015-09-29
Notes for Users *Since the 21st survey, the mode of data collection has changed from mail to online, and answer choices, etc. were revised. For this reason, it is not possible to make a seamless connection with the results prior to the 20th edition (October 2010).