January 10, 2018

ABSTRACT Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008 is the second attempt in conducting the labour force survey in Nepal. It updates various indicators of labour force statistics obtained from the Nepal Labour Force Survey 1998/99, which was the first of its kind in Nepal. Both surveys provide essential statistics for monitoring employment and labour market developments in Nepal. The surveys of this kind have tried to address the various labour related issues of the country as well. The concepts of employment and labour underutilisation have been measured more carefully and more precisely in this survey than in the Nepal Living Standards Surveys I & II (1995/1996 and 2003/04). Hence the users should be careful while comparing the labour force statistics with NLSS I & II. The survey provides a number of valuable indicators to monitor progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals which were established by the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. This survey provided new estimates of informal employment and labour underutilisation that are based on the new concept of labour underutilisation which was recently submitted to the ILO's International Conference of Labour Statisticians, (Geneva, November-December 2008). Alike the first labour force survey, this survey has also given special attention to measure the activities of women and children and hence provides improved estimates of employment and labour underutilisation among them. SCOPE The scope of the Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008 includes: HOUSEHOLD AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS: Occupancy status, Access to drinking water supply, Fuel used for cooking, Main source used for lighting, Toilet facilities available, Communication facilities available, Agriculture holding. DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS: Household distribution, Household composition, Household heads by sex, Age and sex distribution. EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Educational status, Literacy rates, Vocational training. ECONOMIC ACTIVITY: Employment, Unemployment, Underemployment, Current and usual status of economic involvement. INFORMAL SECTOR AND EMPLOYMENT: Characteristics of the informal sector, Informal employment - Characteristics of non-agricultural informal employment. NON-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: Time spent on non-economic activities. MIGRATION AND ABSENTEES: Status of migrants, Age and sex distribution, Origin of migration, Reason for migration, Absentees - by place of current residence, Activity status of absentees aged 5 years and above. REMITTANCES: Households receiving remittance, Source of remittance. COVERAGE Geographic Coverage (1) National Geographic Coverage (2) Rural/ Urban areas Geographic Coverage (3) Development region Geographic Coverage (4) 6 strata: Mountain, Kathmandu Valley (Urban), Other hills (Urban), Rural hills, Urban Terai, Rural Terai Geographic Unit Development Region Sample Stratum Universe The survey covered entire country and no geographical areas were excluded. Similarly, all permanent residents of the country including foreign nationals were considered eligible for inclusion in the survey, but households of diplomatic missions and institutional households such as school hostels, prisons, army camps and hospitals were excluded. The homeless and those people living for six months or more away from the households were not considered eligible and hence were excluded from the survey. GET MICRODATA