The first full-scale Labor Force Survey (LFS) in Namibia was carried out in 1997 under the National Household Survey Program that was launched after the government endorsed the Five Year Plan of Development of Statistics in Namibia in 1993. Since then five Labor Force Surveys have been conducted in the country at more or less regular intervals of every four years. This survey was conducted only one year after the previous survey in 2012.
The Namibia Labor Force Survey (LFS) 2013 was conducted with the objective of generating “timely collection and release of key socio-economic indicators for assessment of labor market conditions in Namibia.” The Labor Force Survey provided basic findings and indicators that were rising in order to promote understanding of the labor market situation prevailing in the country since 2012.
The survey covered all aspects of people's work including the education and training needed to equip them for work, the jobs themselves, the job search for those out of work and the income and benefits from work.
The wide range of employment data collected in this survey was intended to be of assistance to the Government of the Republic of Namibia as it attempts to monitor both the implementation of various national plans as well as Namibia's progress towards the attainment of national goals that are labor-related as expressed in Vision 2030. The data collection for the survey started in September 2013 and it covered 33,744 randomly selected households. The survey was carried out by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and it plans to continue to conduct the LFS on an annual basis going forward. The main objectives of the survey include:
1. Basic information on the size and structure of the country's work force.
2. Basic information on the size of the informal economy.
3. Basic elements for measuring the labor supply and the extent to which the available human resources are utilized in the production process of the economy.
4. A prospective basis for projections of the economically active population and its components for socio-economic planning.
5. A basis for research in many areas ranging from testing labor market segmentation theories to formulating demographic models.
6. To the public, it provides information on the employment situation of the country; when disaggregated by geographic area, the data may provide information on the situation in regional markets and on the number of persons employed in specific occupational categories.
7. To the business community, it provides useful indicators on the future course of the economy.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
The survey covered the following topics:
- Field administrative information
- Dwelling type
- Household income
- Housing conditions
- Current job
- Previous job
- Hours worked
- Second main job/business
- Employment status
- Number of domestic workers
- Education levels
Producers and sponsors
Namibia Statistics Agency
Government of Namibia
International Labour Organisation
Government of the Republic of Namibia
The target population of the Labor Force Survey 2013 were members of private households in Namibia. The population living in institutions such as hospitals, hostels, police barracks and prisons was not covered in the survey. However private households within institutional settings were covered, such as teacher's houses on school premises.
The sample design for the LFS 2013 was a stratified two-stage probability sample, where the first stage units were geographical areas designated as the Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) and the second stage units were the households. Up-to-date listings of households in the selected PSU was prepared during the field work, and 18 households were selected in each PSU using systematic sampling.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Namibia Statistics Agency, Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2013. Ref. NAM_2013_LFS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [url] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.