Research Data Centre at BIBB

Data Centre at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB-FDZ) prepares the microdata from BIBB research projects with data documentation and long-term archiving and makes it available to non-commercial research for its own analyses. Our website contains information on the data available and the respective conditions of use.

The BIBB-FDZ offers several services for researchers:

  • Standard access to firm- and individual-level data on the attainment and utilization of vocational education and training.
  • Documentation of these data sets, i.e. a description of their central characteristics, main topics and variables, data collection, anonymization, weighting and recoding.
  • Advisory service on data choice, data access and handling, research potential, scope and validity of the data.
  • Supply of a range of data tools such as standard measures and classifications in the fields of education, occupations, industries and regions (if appropriate also covering international classifications),test data for remote data access, references to publications with the data.
  • Assistance and support for visiting researchers at BIBB-FDZ in Bonn, Germany.

English documented data

The 2018 and 2012-waves of the Employment Survey and an associated supplemental survey on tasks and occupational mobility have a full documentation in English language. Another summarizing document describes all earlier waves of the Employment Surveys (2006; 1998/99, 1991/92, 1985/86, 1979). For further information please select 'employment surveys' when following the data link.

The data access button provides application forms for BIBB data and our user guidelines. If you are interested in analyzing BIBB data, please do not hesitate to send your questions/requests to fdz@bibb.de.

We welcome the citation of our data in all types of publications. Please click on the dataset citation button for more information.