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Labor Market Bulletin Methodology

1. Introduction
2. First: Scope
3. Second: Design
4. Third: Organization
5. Fourth: Data collection
6. Fifth: Disaggregation
7. Sixth: Revision
8. Seventh: Publication
9. Eighth: Evaluation
10. Ninth: Management

 

 

Introduction: 

GASTAT implements all its statistical works in accordance with a unified methodology that compile with the nature of each statistical product. It relies on the Manual of the Statistical Procedures which conforms with the procedures adopted by the international organizations. The statistical product goes through eight connected stages, in addition to a ninth stage (the comprehensive "management" stage), which are as follows:

 

The first three stages: (Scope, design, and organization) are collaborative stages between GASTAT and its clients from the different developmental entities. However, the fourth stage (Data collection) is a collaborative stage between GASTAT and the statistical community either households or establishments, in order to complete data and information. On the other hands, the rest of the stages are considered statistical stages carried out by GASTAT, including (Disaggregation, revision, and publication). After that, the eighth stage (Evaluation) is done through collaboration with clients again, whereas the (Management) stage is an administrative and organizational stage the is connected with all stages. These stages have been applied on the labour market statistics as follows: 

 

 

First stage: The scope:

The first step in the process of producing ( Labour Market Statistics), it is also the first collaborative stage between GASTAT and the labour market group which includes (Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Civil Service, and General Organization of Social Insurances, and Human Resources Development Fund) in addition to the National Information Center, private sector, and the academic sector. Many workshops and meeting have been held between GASTAT and these organizations to understand their needs and requirements as they are considered data providers and users at the same time. 

The feedback of these organization has been taken into consideration to assure the achievement of all Labour Market Statistics’’ objectives which can be summarized in: 

  1. supporting decision and policy makers, researchers, and those who are interested in getting up-to-date and comprehensive statistics related to the labour market in Saudi Arabia. 
  2. Empowering the government and private sectors to investigate the labour market changes and get use of them. 
  3. Providing the academic sectors with the requirements of social and economic studies and research. 
  4. Providing up-to-date statistics on: 
  • Unemployment rate according to many variables. 
  • Unemployed individuals and labour force according to many variables.
  • Job seekers according to many variables.
  • Workers according to many variables.
  • Employment, economic participation, and economic dependency rates.
  • Average wages and average working hours.
  • Job seeking method, period of unemployment, and previous work and training experiences. 

In this stage, we should make sure that all published statistics contribute in meeting the requirements of Saudi Vision 2030. They also must cover the regional requirements such as the requirements of GCC-STAT, and other international requirements represented in (ILO) 

Second stage: The design: 

The stage of designing the statistical work as it is considered a whole product. Through this stage, the statistical community is determined, statistical framework, survey sample, and questionnaire are designed, methods and tools of data collection are identified, and sampling units are specified. Clients collaborate in all these procedures to benefit from their feedbacks, so that all requirements can be achieved within the statistical product. 

The most important outputs of this stage are: 

1.1. Statistical community: 

Statistical community of labour market statistics consists of all individuals (Saudis and non-Saudis) who habitually live in Saudi Arabia. 

1.2. Statistics sources:

Labour market statistics’ data are based on two main sources in order to provide comprehensive information on Saudi labour market. They include statistics from the household field survey (Labour Force Survey) which GASTAT conducts quarterly. They also include quarterly data from administrative records of related governmental entities. Therefore, GASTAT can calculate its indicators and release them along with the field survey’ indicators within the Labour Market Statistics Bulletin.  

1.2.1. First source of labour market statistics: Labour Force Survey

It is a household field survey conducted by GASTAT under the (social statistics) category. Information is collected by visiting a sample of households from all administrative regions of Saudi Arabia. In addition to completing an electronic questionnaire that includes a number of questions. This survey provides estimates and indicators of population’ labour force (15 years and above) who live in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, it includes estimates of economically active and inactive population (inside labour force and outside it), and key indicators of labour market such as employment and unemployment rates and others. 

1.2.2. Second source of labour market statistics: Administrative records

Recorded and updated data and information of governmental entities that are related to labour market. These data are resulted from the official electronic registration and documentation operations of these entities. Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Civil Services, Human Resources Development Fund, General Organization of Social Insurances, and the National Information Center periodically provide GASTAT with their recorded data through the electronic linkage, as these entities are considered key references of workers’ data in both the public and private sectors, in addition to the data of job seekers in Saudi Arabia. 

The following table shows the type of data provided by each entity from the labour market statistics sources: 

 

2.3. Terminologies and concepts of labour market statistics 

2.3.1. Terminologies and concepts of the Labour Force Survey (First source of labour market statistics)

2.3.1.1. Survey’ statistical framework

Comprehensive manual of all statistical community units. It relies on Census 2010, and has been updated in quarter 1 of 2018. 

2.3.1.2. Survey sample

A selected sample from the statistical framework in order to conduct Labour Force Survey. This sample includes all household members who share the same dwelling including domestic workers and the like. 

2.3.1.3. Household

A person or a group of persons - with or without kinship binding them to one another - who share residence during the enumeration. The household includes:

  1. Saudi and non-Saudi nationals who usually live with the household but they were absent while the survey was conducted for being temporarily away (abroad or in the kingdom). For example: businessmen, tourists, people who are travel for medication, students on scholarship beyond the borders of the kingdom.
  2. Individuals who usually live with the household but have been absent while the survey was conducted for taking night shifts, such as guards, physicians, nurses, airport staff and fishers.
  3. Domestic workers such as servants, drivers and the like who living with the same household

2.3.1.4. Head of household

It refers to the person regarded by the household members as its chief member. Usually, s/he is responsible for undertaking the responsibility of the household and his/her age must not be under (15) years old. If the household consists of children and their mother, and they are cared for by a relative who does not live with them, such a relative shall not be deemed as the head of the household, nor shall s/he be recorded as one of its members, since s/he shall be recorded with his/her own household. In this case, the mother shall be deemed as the head of the household.

2.3.1.5. Main occupation

The main type of occupation practiced by the employee during the reference time

2.3.1.6. Economic activity

All activities performed or services provided by the establishment in return for consideration. Sometimes, the establishment gets nothing in return, such as charities that are financed by donations.

2.3.1.7. Economically inactive population (outside the labour force

Population (15 years and above) who are not classified under the labour forces (unemployed) because they do not work, do not seek a job, unable to work, or are not ready to work during the survey reference period. For example: Students, housewives, pensioners who do not work, individuals who are unable to work, individuals who do not want to work and those who do not seek any job for other reasons 

2.3.1.8. Economically active population (Labour force)

Individuals (15 years and above) who collaborate or even ready to collaborate in the production of commodities and services during the period of the survey time reference. They include the employed and unemployed population.

2.3.1.9. Unemployed individuals

They are the individuals (15 years and above) who, during the reference period: 

  1. They were workless during the week preceding the household visit; 
  2. They seriously looked for work during the four weeks preceding the household visit (followed at least one method to find a job). Included under this category are those who did not search for work during the four weeks preceding the family visit because of waiting to get work or set up their own business during the coming period, given that they already have searched for work before the fixed time. 
  3. People who were able to work and ready to join it when available (i.e., ready for work) during the week preceding the household visit.

2.3.1.10. Previously trained unemployed individuals

Unemployed individuals (15 years and above) who have taken a training course during the time reference (the last 12 months before the survey). 

2.3.1.11. Unemployed individuals who have been working

Unemployed individuals (15 years and above) who had been working then left their jobs for any reason, and during the time reference were: unemployed, seriously seeking a job and ready to get one if any available.

2.3.1.12. Type of sector

A sector is the entity for which the employed person has been working according to the estimates of the labour survey; it is divided into:

  1. Governmental: All governmental bodies such as, ministries, administrations, agencies, municipalities, schools, universities, institutes, governmental hospitals, military sectors, general authorities (such as GASTAT and the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA)), governmental banks (such as Saudi Credit Bank and Saudi Arabian Agricultural Bank), as well as development funds. In addition, it includes the establishments that provide goods or services which their capital is owned and supervised by the state such as (Saudi Airlines, Saudi Railways Organization, and Saudi Aramco). 
  2. Private establishments Sector: Establishments which produce goods or services, have fixed location and legal personality, are owned by one or a group of individuals such as (private companies, malls, private schools and hospitals, as well as commercial banks). 
  3. Self- employed individuals: Individuals who provide goods and services personally or in cooperation with a group of individuals outside the establishment. They do not have a fixed location such as street vendors, and individuals who deliver goods personally as they do not belong to private companies. 
  4. Family sector: Includes productive households who work at home for a wage or (money or in-kind) profit. 
  5. Non-Profit Organizations Sector: Non-governmental non-profit organizations and authorities which provide the community with goods or services for free or at a nominal price, such as charities and vocational authorities. 
  6. Domestic Workers Sector: Individuals who provide a household with services for a salary and live with it, such as the female domestic worker, driver, gardener, and building guard who lives with in the household. 
  7. Sector of regional and international organizations and institutions.
  8. Other unclassified sectors

2.3.1.13.  Indicators’ definitions: 

 

 

GASTAT has relied on the approved formulas of the UN international standards that are compiled with the international labor organization ILO. The indicators are calculated as follows:

 

 

Based on the international standards that Saudi Arabia is committed to, and applied to the G-20 countries:

Indicators of economic participation rate, employment rate, unemployment rate, average weekly working hours, and average monthly wages of employees are all based on the estimates of (the Labor Force Survey), which is a field survey conducted by GASTAT through visiting households to complete the survey’s form Data of workers from administrative records have several indicators for labor market, but they are not used statistically to measure employment, unemployment, or economic participation rates Commitment to these standards will facilitate international comparisons between countries in labor market indicators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3.2.1. Workers (based on the administrative records):2.3.2 concepts related to administrative records available at government agencies (the second source of Labor Market statistics):

All working individuals subjected to approved regulations and laws from the regulatory entities of labor market and are registered in the administrative records. On the other hand, workers can be classified in the administrative records based on the regulations and laws they are subjected to as follows:

  • Saudi workers subjected to the laws and regulations of the civil services and working at all governmental institutions and bodies, in other words, workers who hold jobs that are considered within the general budget of the country, also subjected to the civil retirement system (males or females) employees, as well as non-Saudis contractors who fill these positions in accordance the regulations of non-Saudis employment. 
  • Workers according to the laws and regulations of the social insurance system as well as labor system, which includes Saudis and non-Saudis
  • Domestic workers: non-Saudis workers from both genders who work in houses, including servants, cleaners, cooks, waiters, drivers, guards, nurses, and private teachers.

Data of workers in Labor Market statistics which were derived from administrative records do not include the following category:

  1. Workers of military and security sectors
  2. Workers who are not registered in the civil service and social insurance records, which include:
  • Saudis working for their own businesses and are not subjected to the labor regulations, also, not registered in social insurance, such as: those who work in delivery through electronic apps 
  • Saudi employers who work in establishments and not registered in the social insurance
  • Non-Saudi staff working in foreign international, political or military missions

3.Non-Saudi employees who come to the Kingdom for work that normally takes less than three months to be completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3.22. Job seekers (based on administrative records) :

Saudi individuals registered in job searching programs of the Ministry of Civil Service (Jdarah and Saed) as well as Human Resource Development Fund (Taqat). They register their personal data, qualifications, experiences, and CVs through an electronic system. In fact, job seekers in the administrative records do not subject to the internationally recognized unemployment conditions and standards adopted by the International Labor Organization ILO, therefore, they are not unemployed individuals; since not every job seeker is considered unemployed individual. Individuals must meet all the unemployment conditions to be considered as an unemployed individual, which are:

  1. The individual must be with no job during the seven days preceding the household visit
  2. If the individual was looking for a job during the four weeks preceding the household visit
  3. The individual must be able to work and ready to start when the job is available during the seven days preceding the household visit or the next two weeks (i.e. available to start working)

Data of job seekers from the administrative records – based on global practices of labor market indicators – have several indications, but are not used statistically to measure unemployment rates 

2.4. Used statistical classifications:

Classification is identified as an organized group of related categories which are used to collect data according to similarity. Classification is the base for data collection and dissemination in various statistical fields, such as: (economic activity, products, expenses, occupations or health…. etc). classifying data and information helps to put them in meaningful categories to produce useful statistics. In fact, data collection requires an accurate organization and based on their common features to create reliable and comparable statistics. On the other hand, labor market statistics are based on the international standards of data collection and classification and rely on the following classifications: 

2.4.1. The National Classification of the Economic Activities:

It is a statistical classification based on ISIC4 which is the reference of the productive activities. This classification was used in the Labour Force Survey to identify the main economic activities of the establishment where an individual works.   

Economic activity can be defined as (all the practiced activities or works and services provided by the establishment that make a financial return, sometimes the establishment does not gain any financial return from its works as in charity institutions that rely on donations). 

2.4.2. Saudi classification of professions: 

It is a statistical classification which is based on ISCO that provides a system to classify and collect professions’ information where they can be obtained by statistical surveys and census.

This classification is used in the Labour Force Survey in order to classify employees based on their professions.

2.4.3. Saudi classification for majors and educational levels:

It is a statistical classification that is based on ISCED which is the reference for organizing educational programs and related qualifications based on the education levels and fields. It covers all the educational programs, levels and methods of learning as well as all the educational stages from kindergarten until higher education. This classification is used in the Labor Force Survey to classify individuals 15 years and above according to their majors and education levels.

2.4.4. National guide for countries and nationalities: 

It is an international and unified classification that covers countries and their affiliated territories, and based on ISO (country code 3166). The classification gives codes to countries and their affiliated territories. Using these codes and numbers instead of the country name is more beneficial for statistical purposes in which it saves time and avoids any errors. The classification is used in the Labor Force Survey to classify Saudi or non-Saudi individuals.  

 

2.5. Form design: 

Form of field data collection (first source of Labor Market statistics): the survey’s form was prepared and designed by labor force survey specialists in the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT). When designing the form, the international recommendations and standards issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in the field of labor force surveys were taken into consideration. The form was presented to the ILO experts during their visit to the Authority and to the relevant bodies as well to consider their feedback and observations. The questions were formed in a specified and unified way between researchers.

The form was divided into five sections based on the topic to increase its efficiency in achieving the technical specifications of the field work stage
Metadata Characteristics of household individuals (all household individuals) Economic data of individuals (15 years and over) Job search and availability to work (unemployed individuals 15 years and over) Result of the visit

The full form can be viewed and downloaded via the official website of GASTAT 

https://www.stats.gov.sa/sites/default/files/stmr_lqw_lml_rby.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of what was included in the form of the Labor Force Survey (the first source of the labor market statistics): 
Name of the individual, gender, relationship with the head of the household, nationality, age, marital status, educational status, specialization for holders of secondary education and above, workers and absentees during the previous week, job seekers, method of job seeking, reasons of not looking for a job, duration of job seeking, the availability of work, the reasons of work unavailability, type of training, duration of the training, the sponsor, previous work experience, reasons for leaving the previous job, occupation, name of the employer, type of sector, economic activity, monthly net per employed capita, pension system of employed Saudis, number of main working hours and the other working hours during the reference week, if the individual has another work in addition to his main work, and work contract.

The full form can be viewed and downloaded via the official website of GASTAT

https://www.stats.gov.sa/sites/default/files/stmr_lqw_lml_rby.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The form will be transformed into an electronic copy that can be reached through the tablet-based data collection system, which will allow: 

  1. Reviewing the field researcher work zone (survey sample)
  2. Reaching to the sample (household) by using the map in the tablet
  3. Completing the data by using data auditing and navigation rules (to discover errors of inputs and non-logical inputs when completing the data) Communication between the supervisory categories is through sending and receiving the notes with the field researcher

 

 2.6. Identifying required data from administrative records:

The administrative records data (the second source of the labour market statistics): GASTAT has completed the data of the labour market automatically from government entities. The data includes the main data of employees, job seekers and work visas, as follows:

  1. Data from the Ministry of Civil Service: Including data on employees subjected to Civil Service regulations and policies according to a number of variables.
  2. Data from GOSI: Including data related to those who are registered and are working, who are subjected to GOSI’s regulations and policies according to a number of variables.
  3. Data from the Ministry of Labour and Social Development: Including data of work visas for the private sector.
  4. Data from the National Information Center: Including data related to job seekers after data harmonization for those who are registered in (Jadara and Hafiz) in the Ministry of Civil Service with the data of those registered in (Taqat) in HRDF, in addition to data related to work visas for government sector, individuals, and the number of domestic workers.

 

2.7. Coverage:

2.7.1. Spatial coverage:

The labour market statistics covers the statistics related to the labour market across all administrative regions in Saudi Arabia, which are 13 regions. The Labour Force Survey (the first source of the labour market statistics) covers the following regions: (Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Qassim, Eastern Region, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Borders, Jazan, Najran, Al-Baha and Al-Jouf). This is done through the visit of a sample of households from each region, which are chosen by a scientific method in order to be a sample representing the households of the region. However, the administrative records data (the second source of the labour market statistics), include the entire Saudi Arabia’s population whose data is documented in the records of relevant government entities. 

2.7.2. Temporal coverage:

The labour force survey data (the first source of the labour market statistics) is based on the number of household members, their demographic, social and economic characteristics, as follows:

  1. Data on the number of household members and their demographic characteristics is based on the date of the household visit and inspection.
  2. Data of employees is based on the seven days prior to the household visit and inspection.
  3. Data of job seekers is based on the four weeks prior to the household visit and inspection, which means the last full four weeks preceding the household visit (from Sunday of the first week to the Saturday of the last week). 
  4. Data of employment availability is based on the seven days prior to the visit, or the following two weeks (the two weeks following the date of the visit, from Sunday of the first week to Saturday of the second week).
  5. Data of enrollment in training programs is based on the seven days prior to the household visit for young people aged (15-24 years).
  6. Data on receiving training programs is based on the previous 12 months (the last twelve months prior to the survey month).

The data from administrative records (the second source of the labor market statistics) is based on the last day of the Gregorian quarter of each year.

 

2.8. Labour Force Survey Statistical framework:

  • The 2018 updated framework of the Housing and Population Census (1431H. – 2010) has been used as a list that includes all community particulars.
  • The lists, maps and analytical specifications of the units have been developed to select the data providers (households).
  • The required metadata has been identified in order to create the statistical framework and the testing framework, and verify its validity and use for the current survey cycle.2.9. Sample Design:
  • The survey community is divided into non-overlapping parts characterized by relative homogeneity in their units. Each part is a layer and each layer is treated as an independent community.
  • A random sample is drawn from each layer independently, and in the end, all the withdrawn sampling units are integrated to form the total sample. 
  • The sampling units from the statistical frameworks that are designed to cover the targeted statistical community is selected. The selection included two stages; in the first stage, the primary sampling units are selected which the enumeration areas are resulting from the process of buildings and real-estate units coding and enumeration. (1334) enumeration areas were selected out of (36198) which are distributed across all levels in the administrative regions of the Kingdom by using the method that is suitable with the size by weighting the Saudi households’ number. In the second stage, the final sampling units were randomly drawn from the statistical areas, which are the households in the enumeration areas that were chosen in the first stage using the regular random sample. (25) households were chosen from each enumeration area, totaling (33350) households at the level of Saudi Arabia.
  • The optimal methodology to select the sampling units is prepared in order to provide satisfying outputs, with the quality required and the minimum efforts of data providers, by using known statistical methods such as the rotation and interference control methods.
  • The required metadata to apply the statistical framework and select the sample is identified.
  • The sample is tested and evaluated, and its validity and use for the current survey cycle is verified.

Sample units in the Labour Force Survey:

The primary sample unit is the enumeration areas, which are the sample units that were taken in the first stage from the sample design. The (households) are the secondary and final sample units, which are sample units that were taken in the second stage of the sample design, and each secondary sample unit is considered a part of the primary sample unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third stage: Organization:

It is the last stage of the preparation that precedes the process of household visits and data collection. The work procedures required for the preparation of the labor market statistics have been prepared in this stage. It will begin from the next stage "collection stage" and will end with the “assessment stage”. In addition, the procedures are organized and collected and its appropriate order is determined in order to reach a methodology that achieves the objectives of the labor market statistics. At this stage, the procedures that were done in the preparation of the previous version of the labor market statistics were reviewed to develop the work procedures in this version. These procedures were also described and documented to facilitate the updates in the future cycles. Furthermore, the statistical work procedures were tried and tested to ensure that they meet the requirements of the preparation of the labor market statistics in its final form. Then, the procedures of the statistical work are approved, and the road map of the implementation is developed.
Testing the efficiency of input systems and the process of transmission, synchronization and review of data, which is carried out through tablets or desktops of the labour force survey, is one of the most important procedures at this stage.

 

 Fourth Stage: Collection:

4.1. Labour Force Survey data collection (the first source of the labour market statistics):
First
: The sample is selected by identifying (33.500) households as a chosen sample to represent the survey community at the level of Saudi Arabia, distributed according to the administrative regions as follows: 

 

Second: The candidates working as field researchers, who visited the households to collect data (Labour Force Survey), were selected according to a number of practical and objective criteria related to the nature of work, such as:

  • Education level.
  • Experience in fieldwork.
  • Personal qualities, such as: good conduct, medical and psychological fitness with no sensory disability.
  • The candidate must pass the training program of the Labour Force Survey. 
  • Not less than 20 years old.

Third: All candidates (GASTAT staff and collaborators from some government entities) have been prepared through special training programs, as follows:

  • Conduct a training program for the specialized staff at GASTAT’s headquarter for one week.
  • Conduct similar training programs for the collaborators of inspectors, monitors and researchers in various regions of Saudi Aribia.
The training programs offered to the field researchers in charge of collecting the Labour Force Survey data include practical and applied lectures on the technical, technological, administrative and awareness materials used in the data collection process. The field researcher is also acquainted with the objectives of the survey, method of data collection as well as how to use maps and access. The training programs also include a detailed explanation of all questions of the questionnaire, technical and administrative functions. Field researchers are also trained on ways to deal with the public and how to submit questions in record time. 

 

 

 

 

In the beginning of the training program, all trainees were provided with tablet devices. Trainees with these tablet devices can do the following:

  • Read the instruction manual and identify its contents which will be a guide during the data collection process.
  • Check the survey electronic questionnaire and try to fill it out when applying that in workshops of the training program.
  • Access the "automated assessment system of the training program", where the trainee has the right to express his opinion on the level of the training program in order to improve the training programs quality in the future.
  • Access the " automated assessment system for trainees " in the end of the training program in which the trainees' understanding levels of the survey concepts and instructions can be determined.

Finally, the force labor are nominated to participate in the survey according to their results from the "automated assessment system for trainees" to ensure speed, accuracy and impartiality when determining candidates and their competencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth: Direct contact with the household in the process of completing the survey questionnaire and data collection: Each field researcher visited the households within the sample of the survey after reaching them using the coordinates in the tablet and the guide maps. He also identified himself and presented the official documents proving his statistical identity. In addition, he explained the purpose of his visit and provided an overview of the survey and its objectives. Furthermore, the researcher filled in the electronic questionnaire orally from head of the household. In the absence of the head of the household, the data was collected from any adult member of the household who knows about the household affairs.
Fifth: All field researchers used tablets to complete survey questionnaire data based on the time reference specified according to the number of household members and their demographic, social and economic characteristics.
Sixth: Field researchers in different regions of the Saudi Arabia used the "synchronization" feature available on tablets to upload and transfer the household data directly to the database associated with it at the headquarters of GASTAT, where it is stored in a specific format for review and subsequent processing.
Seventh: (Auditing rules) are applied to ensure the consistency, accuracy and logic of the data on the Labor Force Survey questionnaire. This is done through an (electronic bases that detect the discrepancy of answers). These bases were built by linking the logical relationship between the answers of the questionnaire and its variables to help the field researcher to detect any error directly when completing data with the household. These bases will not allow the passing of errors if the answer conflicts with another information or answer in the questionnaire.
Eighth: The data collected was verified by reviewing the data through the same field researcher, his inspector and the supervisor on the survey in the supervision area. All the work areas were subjected to a process of monitoring and reviewing from the data quality room at the headquarters of GASTAT. This room also monitors and controls the performance of all working groups in the field in synchronization with the time of the data collection process implementation from the first day to the last day.

 

Data Quality Room:

An operations room that synchronously works with the field works of surveys. It is equipped with electronic monitoring tools and tracking screens used by observers and quality specialists to review the consistency of data and to detect errors and extreme values during the data collection process in the field. This is done by immediately following up what is being filled out by the field researcher. However, this Room is responsible for checking the researchers’ commitment to the survey’s instructions during the visit, and the correctness and logicality of the data. It also ensures implementation of the visitation plan of households or establishments, and reviews some important indicators of the survey to ensure the data accuracy. The main tasks of the Data Quality Room are: 

  • Reviewing the collected data and sending notes to the field operating teams of different levels through an automated desktop system that is linked with the tablets of the researchers, so they can access the feedback quickly at their working locations.
  • Making phone calls with the households in order to ask some questions of the form to check the accuracy of data completed by the researcher, and his commitment to the instructions during the visit. Also, to obtain the missing data that have not been received yet, and to thank the households’ heads for their cooperation. 
  • Answering field inquiries received from field researchers or households’ heads. 
  • Checking the form completion location by matching its coordinates with the registered ones in the sample file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,2. Access to data from administrative records (second source of labour market statistics): 
GASTAT has coordinated with the government entities concerned with the labour market to obtain data on labour market statistics. Such data include data of workers, job seekers, and number of visas issued based on data of administrative records. These data are preserved in the databases of the Authority, and are audited and reviewed according to the scientific statistical method and generally quality criteria in coordination with the source of the data.

Fifth Stage: Disaggregation of Data: 

During this stage, raw data are disaggregated based on the classification and coding inputs completed during the data collection process, according to the Saudi Vocational Classification based on The International Classification, The National Classification of Economic Activities, The National Manual of Countries and Nationalities based on The International Manual, and Majors and Education Levels Manual based on (ISCED). During disaggregation process, other classifications and coding are also used, such as: data distribution at administrative regions level, qualitative and descriptive classification in terms of gender determination, individual’s marital status, or quantitative classification such as income groups. 
Data on labour force survey and administrative records are presented in right tables in order to summarize, understand, as well as extract their results. Moreover, to compare them with other data, and to obtain statistical significances about the selected community. However, referring to such data indicated in tables is much easier than going back to check the original forms that may include some data like names and addresses of individuals, which might violate the confidentiality of the statistical data. Through these tables, the required data will be easily accessible without having to check the administrative records data of the data source.
In this stage, data are processed according to the following steps: 
First: Data logicality and comprehensiveness: 
To ensure quality and accuracy of the bulletin’s statistics, all the data are reviewed and matched to check their correctness and accuracy in a way that fits the nature of such data. Data of labour force survey (the first source of labour market statistics) are matched in this quarter with the data of the previous quarter to ensure their validity and logicality before processing, extracting, and reviewing the results in the next stages of data disaggregation. On the other hand, data of administrative records (the second source of labour market statistics), are sorted by standard records. For example, data of individuals who registered to “SAAID” and “JADARAH” programs of the Ministry of Civil Service are liked with the data of “TAQAT” program. Then, they are sorted using the national identity number to ensure that the data of the all individuals applying for the three programs are not duplicated, in order to obtain consistent statistics on the job seekers.
Second: Data Confidentiality:
To keep data confidential, GASTAT removes any identifiers from the entered data set either data of field survey or administrative records.  The name, address, and other identifiers of the individual will be hided to protect the individual’s privacy.

 

Sixth Stage: Revision:

Firstly: Data Outputs Validation:
In addition to the revision process applied to the collected data of Labour Force Survey, and data of administrative records  in the fourth stage to check their accuracy, all the outputs are stored and uploaded to the database after being calculated by GASTAT to be reviewed and processed by specialists in Labour Force Statistics through modern technologies and software designed for this purpose. 
 

Secondly: Dealing with confidential data:
  According to the Royal Decree No. 23 dated 07-12-1397, data must always be kept confidential, and must be used by GASTAT only for statistical purposes. Therefore, the data are protected in the data servers of the Authority.

Under no circumstances can that be allowed to disclose about any data of the households or their members. It is worth mentioning that the publications are statistical tables at the level of Saudi Arabia and its administrative regions and main cities by demographic characteristics.

 

 

 

Seventh Stage: Publication:

Firstly: Preparation and Process of the Results Designed for Publishing:
During this stage, GASTAT downloaded the data’s results from the database of surveys of labour force. Moreover, it organized and reviewed the data of administrative records included in the Labour Market Statistics Bulletin. Then, the publication tables and graphs of data and indicators, metadata, and methodology were prepared and processed to be prepared in both languages English and Arabic.
 

Secondly: Preparing Media Kit and Announcing Publication Date: 
The publication date of the bulletin is already set up by GASTAT on its official website at the beginning of the Calendar Year. During this period, the Authority is preparing the media kits to announce the date of releasing the bulletin through media in addition to its various platforms in social networking sites. The bulletin will be published firstly on GASTAT’s official website in different formats, such as open data in Excel format to be easily reached for all clients and those who are interested in the labour market in general. It will be uploaded on the website’s statistics library as well.

GASTAT uses the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS) issued by the International Monetary Fund. According to this Standard, all statistics agencies are required to publish data on employment, unemployment, and wages on a quarterly basis, and with a delay of not more than one quarter (90 days) after the end of the reference quarter. If the data are from different source, they may be published in a different frequency 

 

 

 

 

Thirdly: Communicating with clients and providing them with the bulletin’s results 

One of GASTAT’s objectives is to better meet its clients' needs, so it immediately provides them with the bulletin’s results once the Labour Market Statistics Bulletin is published. It also receives questions and inquiries of the clients about the Bulletin and its results through various communication channels, such as:

  • GASTAT’s official website www.stats.gov.sa
  • GASTAT’s official e-mail address info@stats.gov.sa
  • Client Support’s e-mail address cs@stats.gov.sa
  • Official visits to GASTAT’s official head office in Riyadh or one of its branches in Saudi Arabia.
  • Official letters.
  • Statistical telephone (920020081)

 

Fourthly: Published Content Preservation:

The Bulletin’s data are preserved and archived by Documents and Archives Center at the Authority to be used as a reference at any time. GASTAT carried out this step to preserve such data electronically to be used again when needed.

 

Eighth Stage: Assessment:

All GASTAT’s clients who used the results of the Bulletin will be contacted again in order to assess the entire statistical process. This is done for improvement purposes in order to obtain high-quality data. The improvements include: methodologies, procedures and systems, statisticians’ skill level, as well as statistical work frameworks. The participatory stage is carried out with the data users and Authority’s clients according to the following steps:

 

Firstly: Collection of Measurable Assessment Inputs 

The most important comments and notes are collected and documented from their sources in different stages, for example comments and notes given by data collectors and their field supervisors. Also, notes written by specialists responsible for reviewing, auditing, and analyzing data collected from the field team or administrative regions. Finally, comments and notes collected and documented by data users after publishing the Bulletin, or social media comments and clients’ feedback that sent to the Authority through its main channels.

 

Secondly: Assessment 

The assessment is done by analyzing collected evaluation inputs,and comparing the results of this analysis with the ones expected previously. Therefore, a number of possible improvements and solutions are identified and discussed with specialists, experts, and concerned partners of  labour market community. During this step, clients' performances and satisfaction levels of using the results of labour market statistics are measured. It is worth mentioning that based on these procedures, the recommendations for obtaining high quality data for the next labour market statistics are agreed upon.

 

Ninth Stage: Management:

 It is a comprehensive stage required to carry out each phase of the labour market statistics production. During this stage, the plan of production is developed, which includes the feasibility study, risk management, financing methods, in addition to expenditure mechanisms. The plan also covers the development of performance indicators, quality criteria, and manpower map required for production. Through this plan, the implementation process of the tasks assigned to different departments at each stage will be followed up and reported to ensure that GASTAT meets its clients’ requirements.  

 

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