Last updated
22 Nov 2021

In the last four weeks, were you actively looking for any kind of paid work?

How do I answer this question?

Select ‘Yes’ if you were actively looking for paid work between 21 February 2022 and 20 March 2022.

Select ‘No’ if you were only looking for voluntary or unpaid work.

What does ‘actively looking’ mean?

Examples of this could be:

  • checking local or specialist publications (newspapers and magazines) for job vacancies
  • registering online with recruitment agencies
  • applying for jobs by completing application forms, contacting potential employers by sending your CV, or emailing employers directly
  • registering in person with employment agencies
  • attending job fairs and interviews

I am actively looking for unpaid voluntary work. Which option do I select?

This question gathers information on people who are actively looking for paid employment. If you were only looking for unpaid voluntary work select ‘No’. If you were also looking for paid work as well as unpaid voluntary work, select ‘Yes’.

I am retired. Do I need to answer this question?

Yes, it is important for retired people to answer the questions about qualifications and work. This is so we can gather information about education and employment for everyone living in Scotland.

Many people continue working or studying beyond traditional retirement ages. This means there is more demand for this information to help design services.

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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