Labour bureau worker crunch: Quarterly job survey in danger
The bureau has so far carried out 15 such surveys, with the last report covering the first quarter of the current fiscal. It revealed that quarter-on-quarter employment growth of 0.73 lakh in eight sectors in the April-June quarter was the lowest compared to the last three quarters.
“There is a dearth of trained field investigators to collect data in the government sector. Most of them prefer private jobs,” a senior official said.
The labour bureau has also argued for discontinuing the quarterly surveys, saying the sample size is very small and is often not very responsive. Alternatively, it has suggested that the sample units should be asked to voluntarily send data on employment.
“Many times the units don’t want to share data with us, making the survey a difficult and time-consuming activity,” the labour bureau official said. For the first quarter job-loss survey, the bureau collected data from 2,724 sample units from the eight selected sectors of textiles, including apparels, leather, metals, automobiles, gems and jewellery, transport, IT/BPO and handloom and powerloom.
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