NEW DELHI: The government will launch a new quarterly employment survey from March next year that will amalgamate two existing surveys; the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) and the Area Frame Establishment Survey (AFES).
A more expansive version of the existing enumeration exercises, the new survey is likely to be christened the All India Quarterly Base Establishment Survey (AIQBES), and is aimed at plugging the assessment gaps in understanding the real employment situation in the country.
A senior labour bureau official, who will lead the efforts, said existing surveys had a limited scope in that they only covered a few formal sector establishments and were restricted to covering those that employed more than 10 persons.
In contrast, the new survey seeks to include informal establishments, cover those with less than 10 employees, and effect a 10-fold increase in sample size. “The government thought it prudent to scale up the sample size so that a comprehensive employment survey is conducted and which reflects the correct picture of employment in the country,” said D P S Negi, chief labour commissioner.
The Quarterly Employment Survey was halted in 2017 when the National Statistical Office launched the first Periodic Labour Force Survey. However, the S P Mookherjee-led expert group roped in to launch the AIQBES, is understood to have argued that a quarterly, establishment-based survey, rather than an annual, household survey will be more effective in ascertaining the employment and unemployment situation in the country.