The Cabinet Resolution no. 211, dated Muharram 13, 1437H, entitled the General Authority for Statistics (GAStat) to conduct economic, social and demographic statistics and publish them on a regular basis. Thereupon, GAStat provides a set of programs surveys through which it seeks to provide statistical databases for all fields, including the Household Economy Survey. It aims to assist in developing study of the household economic status on a regular basis, and trace and assess changes in the economic and social indicators of households. One of the field surveys conducted by GAStat is the Household Economy Survey. When preparing the survey methodology, and designing the survey form, the internationally approved standards issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO) were taken into consideration.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Friday, May 5, 2017
Household Economy Survey
1.To assist in developing study of the household economic status on a regular basis;
2.To provide economic and social indicators and analyses on the households on an annual basis;
3.To trace and assess changes in the economic and social indicators of households, and identify their consumer behavior;
4.To provide information on the people's feedback on their living circumstances, and their conceptions of their future;
5.To provide basic information to measure the influence of national programs and initiatives (the Saudi Vision 2030, etc) on the lives of households residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
6.Complement the economic and social surveys available at the General Authority of Statistics (GAStat), link them to one another, and make sure that the indicators and analyses necessary to measure the living circumstances of the households residing in KSA are available and accessible; and
7.Study the discernible changes of a household over years, as a criterion against which to measure the changes brought about by NTP and the Saudi Vision 2030 Program on an annual basis.
The survey covers all KSA administrative regions, depending on a sample of Saudi and non-Saudi households representing all regions, in accordance with the updated framework of the General Census of Population and Housing 2016. Following are the regions covered by the survey:
1.Scope: Understanding and confirming the statistical needs, and exploring the possible solutions.
2.Design: Designing all subsequent statistical stages.
3.Prior Experiment: Applying a miniature of the survey, and making use of its results in modifying the survey design, and avoid the potential shortcomings.
4.Organization: Preparing and testing statistical work guides and manuals.
5.Collection: Gathering, auditing and verifying data.
6.Categorization Processing the collected data, to convert it from primary to statistical data.
7.Review: Verifying and explaining the outputs.
8.Data analysis: Studying data and extracting reports.
9.Publishing: Prepare the products for publishing.
10.Assessment: Testing all stages of the statistical process.
11.Management: Managing all statistical processes on an ongoing basis.
The Household Economy Survey form consists of 8 main sections, to be answered on tablets in 50 minutes. Those sections are:
5.Income and expenditure data
6.Living circumstances data
7.Household's economic activity data
8.Views and suggestions data
According to the the General Statistics Regulation, issued by the Cabinet, the General Authority for Statistics (GAStat) is the official agency authorized to conduct surveys and statistics. All information and data provided by citizens, residents or establishments shall be kept and classified.
The time reference for the data of the Household Economy Survey 2017 is defined in terms of the number of the household members, as well as their demographic, social and economic characteristics, as follows:
1.Time reference of the number of household members and their demographic characters: date of the visit to the household.
2.Time reference of the workers data: full week (from Sunday to Saturday) preceding the visit date.
3.Time reference of the job seekers: four full weeks preceding the visit date (from Sunday of the 1st week to Saturday of the 4th week).
4.Time reference of enrollment in training courses: last 12 months preceding the survey month.
5.Time reference of income change data: comparing the income data at the date of the visit to the household to the income 12 months earlier.
6.Time reference of social subsidies/ assistance from the government or charities: last 12 months preceding the survey month.
7.Time reference of monthly household spending average: last 12 months preceding the survey month.
Field researchers from GAStat, in cooperation with Joba Co.