Employment Survey 2012

The Employment Survey 2012 is a representative survey among fully employed persons in Germany. "Fully employed persons" are at least 15 years old and in paid employment for at least 10 hours per week.

The survey covers the content and implementation of occupations, the requirement levels of jobs and the qualification backgrounds of employed persons. Data is also collected on the mental and physical strains to which employees are subjected today.

Compared to other data sources, the Employment Survey has a number of strengths and special features. It contains, for example, information on the types of work (graded by how often they are performed), detailed professional requirements, venues where knowledge is acquired in initial and continuing education and training and the qualification requirements necessary for performing job-related tasks at the workplace. All this allows to define occupational profiles both for specific professions and for employees with specific qualification levels and to record the professional qualification exactly and also facilitates comparisons between individually acquired qualifications and the qualification requirements of the job. In addition, the survey collects subjective assessments on the utilisation of vocational qualifications, on changing the profession trained for and the reasons for such change, on job satisfaction and on career aspirations. For English language skills the level of fluency is recorded, as well.

The 2012 survey is the sixth Employment Survey realized by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA, data collection 2006) and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB, data collections 1979, 1985/86, 1991/92, 1998/99), respectively.

The 2012 survey is to a large extent comparable with the data collected in 2006. The questionnaire program is very similar and the survey mode has also remained the same (CATI).

The BIBB-FDZ data and methodological report (English version) contains a brief documentation of the data.

The Scientific-Use-File of the 2012 and all earlier surveys can be accessed via GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. The data can be ordered at

Data access to weakly anonymized variables (full texts, smaller regional units, occupational codes at the 3-/4-/5-digit level) is organized via remote data access and/or through separate BIBB-FDZ workplaces for guest researchers. If you are interested in working with the data please select the data access or contact button.