The Search for Work, Occupational Mobility, Work Mediation and Consultation (Unemployed)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Rosenbladt, Bernhard von (INFRATEST Sozialforschung, München)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Unemployment
    • Employment
  • Abstract

    Problems of unemployment from the perspective of affected workers. Topics: occupation consultation by the employment office during time in school; judgement on the consultation efforts of the employment office; desired occupation and reasons for not realizing desired occupation; occupation career; type of personal reduction in earning capacity; information on illnesses and complaints; attitude to short-term employment in comparison to unemployment; secondary income during unemployment; personal efforts in the search for work and number of personal applications; frequency of being turned down for an available position; reasons for not being hired; assessment of the bias of employers regarding unemployed; satisfaction with efforts by the employment office and reasons for dissatisfaction; temporal interval of being called to the employment office and personal interest in talking with the case worker; recommendations received from the case worker and opportunities to present personal job preferences; receipt of written information from the employment office; information material about rights and duties of unemployed; information and conversation about occupation and further education opportunities through the employment office; participation and conclusion of a course; purpose of course participation; judgement on the improvement in personal occupational chances; reasons for non-participation in a course; number of jobs and unemployment in the last 5 years; begin and length of last as well as first unemployment; employment before last and first unemployment; assessment of the influence of unemployment on professional career; type and length of unemployment benefits received; distance to employment office; telephone contacts with employment office; possession of a telephone; reasons for giving notice and dismissal by employer or quitting by employee; financial losses through unemployment; filing tax return during unemployment; characterization of self-confidence in selected situations (scale); judgement on economic situation of respondent as well as of the FRG in general; memberships; residential status; type of city. Employees were also asked: reasonableness of a job as worker. Those currently working were also asked: previous and current occupational activity; hours worked each week and overtime; characterization of job; the route to work and means of transport used; information on company and length of company employment; type of positions arranged; characterization of difficulties in the search for work; comparison of previous and current job; correspondence of expectations of job; necessity of regional mobility and distance of move; renewed change of position at place of work. Unemployed currently not looking for work were additionally asked: reasons why employment was not possible or desired; desire for employment; search for work through the employment office in the previous year; length of time until first job offer and number of positions offered altogether; specification of health restrictions by the job seeker. Unemployed looking for work or with a promise of work were additionally asked: urgency of search for work; desire for permanent position or temporary work; desired working hours; precise employment desire; characterization of rejected job characteristics; ideas of income; mobility willingness; major reasons for difficulties in the search for work in the nearer vicinity; judgement on one´s own view of jobs available; time of restricted benefits from the employment office; income comparison between the newly obtained and old position; position from a job creation measure. Demography: age; sex; marital status; school education; household income; household size; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-01 / 1978-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Universe A: German unemployed on the survey day the middle of November 1977 in 25 employment office districts selected by the Federal Employment Office as representative (multi-stage random sample of addresses). Universe B: unemployed who found work in the same 25 employment office districts in a 2-week time period the end of September and beginning of October 1977 (likewise multi-stage random sample of addresses).
Sampling Procedure Comment: The universe of individuals sampled is two-part. The completeness of sample was 72,7 or 70,3%.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2873
    Number of Variables: 530
This investigation was continued as a panel survey; the data set is archived under ZA Study No. 1362. In the framework of the total project employers were also interviewed (ZA Study No. 1085) and a representative population survey (ZA Study No. 1084) was conducted. A survey of unemployed women is archived under ZA Study No. 1086.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1083 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • INFRATEST Sozialforschung (Hrsg.): Motivation von Arbeitssuchenden, Hemmnisse für die Einstellung von Arbeitslosen, Effektivität von Vermittlung und Beratung, Fortbildungs- und Mobilitätsbereitschaft von Beschäftigten. München: Selbstverlag 1978.
  • Der Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung (Hrsg.): Arbeitssuche, berufliche Mobilität, Arbeitsvermittlung und Beratung. Bonn: Selbstverlag 1978. (Forschungsbericht, Sozialforschung 5)
  • Rosenbladt, Bernhard von; Büchtemann, Christoph F.: Arbeitslosigkeit und berufliche Wiedereingliederung. Erster Teilbericht über Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen und Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1977/78. In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, 13, 1980, Nr. 4, S. 552-572.
  • Büchtemann, Christoph F.; Rosenbladt, Bernhard von: Arbeitslose 1978: Die Situation in der Arbeitslosigkeit. Zweiter Teilbericht über Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Längsschnittuntersuchung bei Arbeitslosen und Abgängern aus Arbeitslosigkeit in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. In: Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, 14, 1981, Nr. 1, S. 22-38.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22