Last updated
20 Jan 2022

Do (did) you supervise or oversee the work of other employees on a day-to-day basis?

How do I answer this question?

Select one option about the main job you have now. If you are not currently in work, answer about the last main job you had. Do not answer about earlier jobs you have had in your career.

If you are away from work ill or self-isolating, answer about the job you had before being away from work.

Your main job is the job in which you usually work (or worked) the most hours.

What is meant by ‘supervise’?

Supervising means having responsibility for the duties of other employees on a day-to-day basis. A supervisor may offer training, guidance and direction. If you have these duties as a supervisor, it should be in your job description or contract.

If you are overseeing the work of other employees for a temporary amount of time, for example on temporary promotion, select ‘Yes’.

I supervise other employees but not formally. What do I select?

Select ‘No’ – informal supervision of other employees should not be included.

I have more than one job. How do I answer?

Answer about the job you consider to be your main one. You should choose the job in which you usually work (or worked) the most hours.

If you work (or worked) equal hours in more than one job, choose the one that has (or had) the highest wage or salary.

I am changing my job. How do I answer?

If you are in the process of changing jobs, answer for the one you are doing now, if it is your main job. Only answer for your new job if you have already left your previous employment.

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?

Answers to this question help to record your occupation as accurately as possible. This is important as the information will be used to develop policy and planning.

This information will also help to look at life chances of people as they move through education into the workplace. It may also help to identify potential barriers faced by different groups, and the differences in earnings in these groups.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody who is aged 16 or over and has ever worked in paid employment.

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