Labour force survey under way

The Economics and Statistics Office is now conducting its semi-annual Labour Force Survey.

The survey, which began 30 April, will be conducted over three weeks in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, said a GIS press release.

All interviewers may be identified by their photo identification cards, and the survey should take about 15 minutes, said ESO Director Maria Zingapan.

Since most of the interviewers are employed during the day, the majority of their calls must be made during evenings and weekends, she said. This is also the best time to find people at home.

ESO is appealing for the public’s full cooperation with the survey. Cayman has maintained a high survey response rate since the programme’s inception in 1991, and it is hoped that this tradition will continue, the release said.

‘One of the major benefits from repeating the survey is the ability to look at trends in the labour force, which serve as a basis for government’s macroeconomic forecasting,’ Ms Zingapan said.

She added that as always, ESO is committed to preserving confidentiality. ‘Questionnaires are destroyed after the data is entered, and no information is ever entered which would allow someone to be able to link the data with the individual respondent,’ she explained.

To further safeguard privacy, all interviewers are required to take an oath or make an affirmation under the Statistics Law regarding confidentiality. Most of the interviewers have had previous experience conducting surveys in Cayman, and will have completed additional training prior to the start of the field work.

Participants’ names are randomly selected by computer. This means that not every household will be surveyed, and those selected are done so purely by chance. However, since all households have an equal chance of selection, the more often the survey is conducted, the higher the chance of repeat selection.