Scottish Employer Perspectives Survey 2019: technical report

Technical report accompanying the Scottish EPS 2019 research report providing background information on the methodology used.


The survey data were weighted and grossed up to the population of establishments in Scotland employing two or more people. The source of the population data used for weighting the survey was the March 2018 release of Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) statistics; the latest available at the time.[3]

Weighting was based upon size and sector, the same classifications used in sampling the survey (a 12 sector by 7 sizeband grid).

An employment-based weight was designed for use when analysing the number of work placements that employers reported having over the past 12 months, as well as the average number of current apprentices. This weight was created using the same structure and source as the unit weight.

The weighting approach adopted, and described above, was the same as that used for weighting Scotland data in the UK EPS 2016. This approach preserves the ability to conduct robust time series analyses.



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