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Employment Variables (China): Home

Employment variables in non-employment China surveys.

Selected questions about employment in China in non-employment related surveys

While there are entire surveys about income and employment in China, the chart at the right shows employment-related questions from surveys that are either more general or that have a different topic focus.

  China Health & Nutrition Survey 1989* China Health & Nutrition Survey 2006* China Housing Survey 1993 Chinese General Social Survey 2003 Delinquency in Wuchang, 1973-2000 4-County Study, 1990 State and Life Chances in Urban China, 1949-1994 World Values Survey**
Current activities (work, retired, jobless, etc.) - occupational status       x   x    
Currently employed x x   x       all years
Ever employed x              
Years worked             x  
Why not currently employed   x            
Retired but rehired   x            
Primary occupation x x x x x x x 1990, 1995, 2001, 2007
Position/rank in occupation x x         x 1990, 1995, 2012
Tasks in job               2012
Ideal occupation after schooling         x      
Type of work unit x x   x     x  
No. of employees in work unit x x   x        
Size of work unit             x  
Economic sector             x 2012
Hours of work/week x     x       1990, 1995, 2001, 2007
Secondary occupation x x   x   x    
Average hrs./day/occupation x x            
Average days/week/occupation x x            
Paid by time or piece x              
Pieces completed/typical week x              
Household member work as farm laborer x x            
Hrs./week farm work x              
Months worked last year x              
Relationship with colleagues     x          
Spending time socially with colleagues               2001, 2007
Relationship with supervisor     x          
Working conditions     x          
Prestige of job     x          
Job education or training opportunities     x          
Maternity leave     x          
Job satisfaction       x       1990
Management job       x        
Administrative rank       x        
Professional title       x        
Job seeking experience       x        
Current job qualifications       x        
Parents' occupations       x x x x  
Importance of work               all years
Feelings about work               all years
Member of labor union               all years
Confidence in labor unions               1990, 2001, 2007, 2012
Job priority for . . . (gender, immigration status)               all years
What is important to you in a job?               1990, 1995, 2001, 2007
How should business/industry be managed?             x all years
Volunteer work               1990, 1995, 2001

*China Health and Nutrition Survey dates: 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2018. Files include wages, occupations, household businesses, subsidies and other income.

**World Values Survey: Wave 1(1981-1984), Wave 2(1990-1994), Wave 3(1995-1998), Wave 4(1999-2004), Wave 5(2005-2009), Wave 6(2010-2014) and longitudinal data available.
Each Wave includes employment questions; use the WVS Online Data Analysis tool to explore. China was included in: 1990, 1995, 2001, 2007, and 2012.