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Current surveys

Human Resource Practices and Corporate Culture

In the Project “Quality of work and economic success” selected German establishments are surveyed in the years 2012 and 2014. The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the IAB. The project is conducted in cooperation with the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim and the University of Cologne. Since the German labour market faces enduring changes, monitoring and analyzing personnel practices are an important field of study. Major contents of the survey are personnel strategies of employers including personnel planning and recruitment, further training, remuneration and corporate culture.

Panel Study "The Labour Market and Social Security" (PASS)

The purpose of the Panel Study "Labour Market and Social Security" (Panel Arbeitsmarkt und soziale Sicherung) carried out by the IAB is to provide a new database which will allow social processes and the non-intended side-effects of labour market reforms to be assessed empirically. The nationwide survey is repeated annually and covers approximately 12,000 households that are interviewed in a mixed mode survey conducted partially by telephone and partially in person.

IAB Job Vacancy Survey: Job vacancies and personnel policy in establishments

This written survey of companies and administrations is being conducted in order to learn more about the employment situation at individual establishments along with the number and structure of positions currently open. In addition to this, the survey is also being used to collect information on how the new labour market reforms are viewed by individual establishments.

IAB Establishment Panel

Within the framework of the IAB Establishment Panel, close to 16,000 establishments from all branches of the economy and of all sizes are surveyed annually and nationwide from the end of June until October. The survey is carried out orally by way of personal interviews conducted by TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, Munich, on behalf of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). This representative survey of employers covers a wide range of questions on a great many topics related to employment policy. The standard annual programme of questions is complemented by topics of current interest. The IAB Establishment Panel has been in existence in western Germany since 1993 and in the east since 1996. As a comprehensive longitudinal data set, it forms the basis for research into the demand side of the labour market.

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