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ISSP2015: Work Orientations IV

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posted on 2019-08-02, 02:42 authored by Peter BoxallPeter Boxall, Louise HumpageLouise Humpage, Kate McMillan, Gerard CotterellGerard Cotterell, Martin von RandowMartin von Randow

The second International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) survey by COMPASS Research Centre at the University of Auckland, with funding support from its Business School, and also the New Zealand European Union Centres Network, via colleagues at UoA and also Victoria University of Wellington.

We were short on resources to run the survey in 2014, so this one included the 2014 ISSP module on Citizenship.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

Attitudes towards work; importance of different things in a job; balancing work and family life; discrimination; opinions on trade unions; current employment status. Current financial situation plus changes over time; attitudes towards retirement age. Employed: preference for full- or part-time employment; preference for more work (and money) or for reduction in working hours; opinions about own job plus presence of "heavy" tasks; freedom in work hours; use of past experience; job satisfaction and pride; chances of looking for another job in the next 12 months; multiple jobs.

Unemployed: ever had a paid job - if so satisfaction in it plus why it ended; desire to have a paid job plus worry about it; willingness to take steps to find a job; advertising oneself; economic support.

Demography: sex; age; marital-status; education; current employment status; hours worked weekly; occupation; working for private or public sector or self-employed; if self-employed: number of employees; supervisor function; trade union membership; current employment status; earnings; family income; household size; religious denomination; attendance of religious services; size of community; type of community: urban-rural area; ethnicity.

Sampling: We took a random sample of 2,500 from the New Zealand Electoral Rolls, ensuring first that they all had New Zealand mailing addresses. They were all sent a questionnaire, identified by a barcode, and then three weeks later, those that had not responded were sent a reminder postcard - this was why the questionnaires were identified, so as not to annoy more people than necessary. Finally, after another three weeks, those that still had not responded were sent a second copy of the questionnaire. Ultimately we completed a data set of 901 respondents, a basic response rate of 36%.

Universe: People on the New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 18 years old or more, and at least a New Zealand Permanent Resident.

Weighting: A weighting variable is provided, to make the respondent population representative of the original random sample.


Business School, the University of Auckland; New Zealand European Union Centres Network.


Data Collector

COMPASS Research Centre, the University of Auckland

Mode of Collection

Mail survey, with option to complete online via SurveyMonkey.


University of Auckland

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