Last updated
22 Nov 2021

Which of the following describes what you were doing in the last seven days?

How do I answer this question?

This question is asking what you were doing between 13 March 2022 and 20 March 2022. Choose all the options that apply to you.

What do the terms mean?

Retired –  this means that you have stopped working and retired, regardless of your age. You may or may not be receiving a pension.

Studying – full-time or part-time students who are attending or on holiday from school, college or university should select this option and any others that apply. 

Looking after home or family – this means that you are not working as a paid employee, and your day-to-day activities are related to the care of home and family. This may include children and/or elderly or disabled people. 

Long-term sick – you are unable to work for a period of four weeks or more. Choose this option if you have a long-term illness or condition which is preventing you from doing your usual activities.

Disabled –  the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Why is this question asked?

This question collects information on the reasons why people are not in employment. The information helps central and local government to understand the labour market and to inform housing, transport and employment policies.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody aged 16 or over who is not currently in paid work.

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