Acquisition and Application of Occupational Qualifications 1991/92 (Qualification and Course of Employment)

Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Berlin ; Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) der Bundesanstalt für Arbeit, Nürnberg
Qualification, description of activity and career course. Topics:1. Current or last employment: average time worked each week; occupational activity; economic area; area of business; company size; occupational position; since when self-employed; judgement on the economic situa...
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Infratest Sozialforschung, Muenchen
Infratest Burke (IBB), Berlin
MARPLAN, Offenbach
EMMAG am SFZ, Berlin/Brandenburg



Sampled Universe
West sample: multi-stage stratified random sample of employed (without trainees, those liable for military service, those performing community service in lieu of the military and without family members). Foreigners were included in the sample to the extent that they speak German well. East sample: persons with German citizenship in the new states incl. East-Berlin, who were employed, reported as unemployed at the time as well as participating in a further education or retraining measure. Here the the above-mentioned persons were also excluded from an interview. In addition there are also persons who before their current unemployment or retraining had never been employed in a steady position.
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample

Time Dimension

  • Cross-section

Collection Mode

  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire

DataSets and Files

  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 34277
    Number of Variables: 319


  • Abstract

    Qualification, description of activity and career course. Topics:1. Current or last employment: average time worked each week; occupational activity; economic area; area of business; company size; occupational position; since when self-employed; judgement on the economic situation of the company; limited or unlimited terms of employment; ABM position {job creation measure}; ABM activity as continuation of previous work; duration of company employment; fear of lay-off; perceived difficulties to find a new position. 2. Special qualification characteristics: characterization of activities conducted at work; most important activity at work; activity as full-time trainer; personally training apprentices; proportion of working hours for training others; formal entitlement to train; superior activity; assessment whether one´s own activity could as well be performed by a man or a woman or by less skilled; school or company further education as most important sources of knowledge for the current activity; characterization of special areas of knowledge for the current activity; areas of knowledge in which knowledge through further education would be necessary. 3. Materials for work: detailed determination of the materials for work used by the respondent in the activity, thus e.g. means of transport, vehicles, tools, machines, hand-controlled or automatic machines, production facilities, office equipment, computers, precision engineering as well as optical equipment, instruments for medical and chemical processes; identification of the most important materials for work; work with program-controlled materials for work. 4. Working conditions and satisfaction: stressful working conditions; most important social and psychological job demands; general work satisfaction; satisfaction with the individual factors of the job such as income, prospect of promotion, atmosphere at work, surroundings, job stress and further education possibilities. 5. Unemployment: unemployment in the last two years; entire duration of unemployment. 6. School and vocational training: school degree; year of school degree; conclusion of apprenticeship or partial training as skilled worker; apprenticeship discontinued; training occupation; type of acquisition of conclusion of apprenticeship; length of apprenticeship; use of knowledge from the apprenticeship in the current activity; area of business of the company doing the training; size of the company doing the training; remaining with company doing the training after conclusion of apprenticeship; job appropriate to training; length of remaining in company after conclusion of apprenticeship; description of the transfer and the situation between apprenticeship and lasting job; master or technician examination; school degrees and year of last degree; subject area and job title. 7. Course of employment: year of first regular employment; number of employers up to now; interruption of employment for more than six months; duration and reason for interruption of employment; participation in special qualification measures and further education courses before return to occupation. 8. Occupational further education: participation in courses and seminars in the last 5 years as well as currently; type and area of the course (distance education, outside work or within the company); acquisition of a certificate for the course; full-time or part-time course; duration of course; most important purposes of the course; use of other further education opportunities; information on knowledge of foreign languages; longer stay abroad. 9. Occupational mobility: change of occupation; change of company; becoming self-employed or remaining with the same employer after a change of occupation; motives for change of occupation; qualitative improvement in occupational situation through change of occupation; moves in the course of professional life. 10. Demography: size of household; living together with a partner; children in household and their ages; year of birth of respondent; country in which childhood was spent; German citizenship. The following questions were posed in the eastern part of the country: currently looking for work; search for work in the previous occupation; assessment of the occupational future; employment status; retraining occupation; desired occupation or compromise solution; retraining in the company or in a training facility; participation exclusively in further education or participation in normal work of the company; impact of short time work; short time work zero; date of leaving the last position; type of last position; having a firm position before start of unemployment; date of leaving this position.


Survey unit: adults### The roughly 34000 respondents are distributed as follows among the survey institutes: Infratest, Munich roughly 12000 respondents in West Germany (incl. roughly 2000 foreigners) MARPLAN, Offenbach roughly 12000 respondents in West Germany (without foreigners) Infratest Burke, Berlin 5000 respondents in East Germany EMMAG, Berlin 5000 respondents in East Germany In the eastern part of the country and in the western part of Germany largely comparable questionnaires were used. The eastern version differed in containing additional questions for unemployed and persons in further education or retraining. The study is part of a series with two further studies by the BIBB/IAB. These are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1243 and 1790.


Temporal Coverage

  • 1991-11 / 1992-02

Geographic Coverage

  • Germany (DE)


Alternative Identifiers

  • ZA2565 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BIBB (Type: FDZ)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)


  • Jansen, Rolf; Stooß, Friedemann (Hrsg.): Qualifikation und Erwerbssituation im geeinten Deutschland: Ein Überblick über die Ergebnisse der BIBB/IAB-Erhebung 1991/92. Berlin: 1993.
  • Parmentier, Klaus; Plicht, Hannelore; Stooß, Friedemann: Berufs- und Erwerbsstrukturen: West- und Ostdeutschland im Vergleich: Ergebnisse aus der BIBB/IAB-Erhebung 1991/92. Nürnberg; 1993, BeitrAB 176.
  • Clauß, Thomas: Ausbildung und Erwerbstätigkeit in den Bauberufen: Ergebnisse aus der BIBB/IAB-Erhebung 1991/92. Berlin: 1993.
  • Damm-Rüger, Sigrid: Ausbildung und Berufssituation von Frauen und Männern in Ost und West: Ergebnisse aus der BIBB/IAB-Erhebung 1991/92. Berlin: 1994.

Update Metadata: 2021-08-30 | Issue Number: 97 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22