Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2021: Technical Report

Technical report for the 2021 Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey.


Survey data were weighted and grossed up to the total population of establishments and total population of employees, according to the 2021 Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) ‒ the latest available business population statistics published by ONS at the time that weighting was carried out.

Weights were created in pairs: a 'unit-based' weight and an 'employment-based' weight. The unit-based weight was designed for analyses by the number or proportion of establishments. The employment-based weight was designed to produce 'sum' results for employment-based measures; for example the number of people on a specific type of placement and the total number of current apprentices. In some cases the employment-based measures were used in conjunction with the unit-based weighted number of employers to derive 'average per establishment' figures (for example, the average number of apprentices per establishment).

The following weighting strategy was used:

  • Grossing weights were applied on a 6 broad Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) sector and six sizeband grid (i.e. 36 cells). The employment sizebands used were: 2-4, 5-9, 10-24, 25-49, 50-99, 100+.
  • Overlaying these grids, RIM (random iterative method) weights were imposed for according to a combination of Regional Outcome Agreement (ROA) region and local authority (LA) in Scotland. It was not possible to group solely by ROA region for weighting purposes due to overlapping ROAs for some postcodes (i.e. it was possible for a sample record to have more than one ROA):
    • 'Glasgow' ROA was disaggregated into its component local authorities of East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow City.
    • 'Lanarkshire' ROA was disaggregated into its component local authorities of East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.
    • 'West' ROA was disaggregated into its component local authorities of East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.
  • The regional RIM weights ensured the survey population of each local geography matched the employer population without further correction for size and sector at this level. The RIM weights were calculated by the data processing software which used this method to find a 'best fit' between the data and the local level targets.

Cell merging was applied in only one instance where only a small number of interviews were achieved among the larger sizebands within Primary Sector & Utilities (one interview with an establishment with 50-99 employees and two interviews with establishments with 100 or more employees). These two sizebands were merged.

Data dictionary files were created listing each variable with notes and guidance on the correct weight to use.



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