ESeC offers a classification of socioeconomic positions both for European comparisons and for analyses on the country level. In the ESeC project, harmonised operationalisations and validations were implemented for Europe based on the theoretical model of the Erikson-Goldthorpe class scheme (EGP). For the classifications, the occupational codes according to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08, occupational subgroups (3-digits)), the employment status, and the type of employment relations are used. The recoding essentially follows the SPSS syntax of Eric Harrison.
In the microcensus from 2012 onwards, there are two sources available for defining the supervisor status.
Both the increase in the sampling fraction and the new information on management and supervisory functions (EF120) provide the possibility to recode ESeC for the entire sample for the first time. If the variables EF116u* are used, 27% of the employed persons have a supervisor status (without weighting and excluding invalid answers). When using EF120, it is 20%. The differences in the marginal distributions (%) of ESeC of both versions are only marginal.
With regard to leadership vs. supervision functions different question wordings are used in the national surveys of the EU Labour Force Survey (see Pollak et al., 2009; this still applies). The main advantage of using EF120 is the very small amount of item nonresponse.
Contact: Bernhard Schimpl-Neimanns
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