Stats NZ has a new website.

For new releases go to

www.stats.govt.nz

As we transition to our new site, you'll still find some Stats NZ information here on this archive site.

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Measuring unpaid work: A comparison of activity diary and questionnaire estimates

The New Zealand Time Use Survey is the primary source of data on unpaid work in New Zealand. Because it is conducted only once every 10–12 years, data on unpaid work is also collected in New Zealand's five-yearly Census of Population and Dwellings. This provides interim data between time use surveys.

The population census collects information using broad categories of unpaid work. Similar categories are used in the Time Use Survey personal questionnaire, providing a degree of comparability between the two data sources. The Time Use Survey also has an activity diary, where respondents record information (in five-minute intervals) on
activities undertaken during a 48-hour period.

This paper analyses the nature of the differences between data on unpaid work collected through the activity diary and the personal questionnaire. It confirms the existence of inconsistent reporting between the two methods. The inconsistencies varied according to certain socio-demographic characteristics and between different types of unpaid work. In general, people aged less than 25 years, males, and people with no qualifications were more likely to give inconsistent responses. The greatest inconsistencies were observed for gardening and home maintenance, formal unpaid work for an organisation, and caring for a child or adult who needed special care because of an illness or disability.

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Top
  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+