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bhidhousehold identification number
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (1)
Valid cases35474Missing cases0
Index TermsKey Linking Variable
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bpnoperson number
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (1)
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
11854952.352.3
21408339.739.7
318995.45.4
46601.91.9
5178.5.5
646.1.1
735.1.1
97.0.0
1017.0.0
Valid cases35474Missing cases0
Question RouteALL
Index TermsKey Linking Variable
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshnolifetime employment history event number
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (38)
Question Number and Text BL50SPNO
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
1902625.425.4
2756121.321.3
3607117.117.1
4453412.812.8
529828.48.4
619215.45.4
712043.43.4
87602.12.1
94741.31.3
10306.9.9
11193.5.5
12141.4.4
1392.3.3
1456.2.2
1533.1.1
1623.1.1
1717.0.0
1813.0.0
1910.0.0
20 thru 382057.2.2
Valid cases35474Missing cases0
Question RouteIF (BLEDNOW=) Asked if R is no longer in full-time education
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Key Linking Variable
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteThis corresponds with CLJESFN on Record Type CLIFEJOB. See usage notes in Vol. A.
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshstlifetime employment history status
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (38)
Question Number and Text BL50 : Which description on this card (18) comes closest to what you first did after leaving full-time education?
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Self-employed115554.44.4
F/t paid employment21439740.640.6
P/t paid employment3445112.512.6
Unemployed4425212.012.0
Retired515684.44.4
Maternity leave66781.91.9
Family care7505314.214.2
FT studt, school88292.32.3
LT sick, disabld95121.41.4
Gvt trng scheme106811.91.9
National/War Service118062.32.3
Something else126821.91.9
Missing or wild-98.0Missing
Refused-21.0Missing
Can't remember-11.0Missing
Valid cases35464Missing cases10
Question RouteIF (BLEDNOW=) Asked if R is no longer in full-time education
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshemmonth lifetime emp. hist. status changed
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (38)
Question Number and Text BL51M : When was the next time your situation changed, I mean a change to one listed on the card (18), even if only for a month or two. Month
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
January117464.97.1
February213003.75.3
March315824.56.4
April416324.66.6
May514414.15.9
June619215.47.8
July718425.27.5
August817074.86.9
September929108.211.8
October1018155.17.4
November1113103.75.3
December1215644.46.4
Winter137362.13.0
Spring149072.63.7
Summer1514104.05.7
Autumn167942.23.2
Missing or wild-911.0Missing
Inapplicable-8902525.4Missing
Refused-26.0Missing
Can't remember-118155.1Missing
Valid cases24617Missing cases10857
Question RouteIF (BLEDNOW=) Asked if R is no longer in full-time education
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


blesheyyear lifetime emp. history status change
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (38)
Question Number and Text BL51Y : When was the next time your situation changed, I mean a change to one listed on the card (18), even if only for a month or two. Year
MeanStd DevMinimumMaximum
75.0415.591593
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Year given12637574.4100.0
Missing or wild-93.0Missing
Inapplicable-8902525.4Missing
Refused-22.0Missing
Can't remember-169.2Missing
Valid cases26375Missing cases9099
Question RouteIF (BLEDNOW=) Asked if R is no longer in full-time education
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
Variable OccurrenceW2


bleshnelifetime emp. history status not ended
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireIndividual (38)
Question Number and Text BL51NE : When was the next time your situation changed, I mean a change to one listed on the card (18), even if only for a month or two. Not ended
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Not ended1902125.4100.0
Missing or wild-95.0Missing
Inapplicable-82644874.6Missing
Valid cases9021Missing cases26453
Question RouteIF (BLEDNOW=) Asked if R is no longer in full-time education
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshsmmonth lifetime emp. hist. status started
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireDerived Variable
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
January118215.15.5
February213833.94.2
March318165.15.5
April422816.46.9
May520165.76.1
June6359710.110.9
July7536615.116.2
August819425.55.9
September931728.99.6
October1019265.45.8
November1113953.94.2
December1221786.16.6
Winter137722.22.3
Spring1410052.83.0
Summer1516614.75.0
Autumn168082.32.4
Missing or wild-926.1Missing
Refused-28.0Missing
Can't remember-123016.5Missing
Valid cases33139Missing cases2335
Question RouteUses BLESHNO BLESHEM on Record BLIFEMST. Uses BLEDENDM on Record BINDRESP.
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteComputed as month previous spell ended.
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshsyyear lifetime emp. history status starte
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireDerived Variable
MeanStd DevMinimumMaximum
7217.32896
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Year given13536099.7100.0
Missing or wild-914.0Missing
Refused-23.0Missing
Can't remember-197.3Missing
Valid cases35360Missing cases114
Question RouteUses BLESHNO BLESHEY on Record BLIFEMST. Uses BLEDENDY on Record BINDRESP.
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteComputed as year previous spell ended.
Variable OccurrenceW2


bleslenlength of emp. history spell (months)
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireDerived Variable
MeanStd DevMinimumMaximum
90.38119.570830
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
0187.5.5
Dates given13455497.499.5
Missing or wild-9166.5Missing
Missing lt 1 Year-35671.6Missing
Valid cases34741Missing cases733
Question RouteUses BLESHNO BLESHEM BLESHEY BLESHNE BLESHSM BLESHSY on Record BLIFEMST. Uses BDOIM on Record BINDRESP.
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteAssumed that `winter' corresponds to January, `spring' to April, `'summer' to July, and `'autumn' to October.
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshey4year emp. history status changed: 4 digi
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireDerived Variable
MeanStd DevMinimumMaximum
1975.0415.5919151993
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Year given12637574.4100.0
Missing or wild-93.0Missing
Inapplicable-8902525.4Missing
Refused-22.0Missing
Don't know-169.2Missing
Valid cases26375Missing cases9099
Question RouteUses BLESHEY on Record BLIFEMST.
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteFour-digit version of year base variable.
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


bleshsy4year emp. history status started: 4 digi
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireDerived Variable
MeanStd DevMinimumMaximum
197217.3219081996
Value LabelValueFrequency%Valid %
Year given13536099.7100.0
Missing or wild-914.0Missing
Refused-23.0Missing
Don't know-197.3Missing
Valid cases35360Missing cases114
Question RouteUses BLESHSY on Record BLIFEMST.
Index TermsEmployment History: Labour Force Status Spells
Lifetime Employment History: Events
NoteFour-digit version of year base variable.
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


pidcross-wave person identifier
Record TypeBLIFEMST
QuestionnaireCover Sheet
Question Number and Text BEG3
Valid cases35474Missing cases0
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12


pidpCross-wave person identifier (UKHLS)
Record TypeBLIFEMST
Valid cases35474Missing cases0
Variable OccurrenceW2 W11 W12