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Time-Use Surveys

Improving Measurement of Paid & Unpaid WORK

TUS Resources > by country > South Africa

Title of survey:Time Use Study 2000

Organization: Statistics South Africa
Contact information:www.statssa.gov.za

SURVEY DESIGN & OBJECTIVES

- Independent survey

- To measure and analyse time spent from day-to-day by different individuals
- To provide new information on the division of both paid and unpaid labor between women and men and other groupings
- To incorporate unpaid work in satellite accounts
- To gain more insight on the reproductive and leisure activities of household members
- To gain more understanding of productive activities such as subsistence work, casual work and work in the informal sector

METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION

Recall interview

SURVEY INSTRUMENTS (119KB)
Description

Main instrument for recording activities is 4 am to 4 am time diary; activity recording is per 30-minute intervals; up to three activities per 30-minute interval is recorded; post-coding.
Household questionnaire asks who is the main person responsible for doing housework; individual questionnaire obtains information on number of children, detailed information on work, and asks respondent to classify business as formal/informal

Recording of simultaneous activities

Simultaneous activities are recorded; no prioritization of activities into primary, secondary or tertiary

Context variables

Location; purpose of travel

ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION

Adaptation of UN trial classification:  10 major groups; some changes in 2-digit level of group 1; 3-digit level extensions for specific country situations

TIME SAMPLE

Covers whole year on a periodic (trimester) basis; design calls for all days of the week to be uniformly represented by allocating interview days to enumerators accordingly; each respondent provides diary data for one day 

REFERENCE POPULATION
Description

National; urban-rural; settlement types (urban formal, urban informal, rural commercial farms, rural other/ tribal areas)
Persons 10 years old and over

Sample selection

Two eligible household members are randomly selected for each sample household; planned total sample size is 10,800 dwelling units; all households in a sample dwelling unit are selected

RESPONSE RATE

84% in first tranche

SOURCES

  • Country report. 2000. Expert Group Meeting for Conducting Time-use Surveys. New York. (200 KB)
  • 2000 Time Use Survey Fieldworker's Manual. (116 KB)

 


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