Trade Union Density in OECD Countries (April 2018)
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Trade union density corresponds to the ratio of wage and salary earners that are trade union members, divided by the total number of wage and salary earners (OECD Labour Force Statistics). Density is calculated using survey data, wherever possible, and administrative data adjusted for non-active and self-employed members otherwise. Data are expressed in percentages and presented from 1980. This dataset also comprises statistics on the number of active trade union members and the number of wage and salary earners. Data on union membership are broken down by source of data (administrative or survey data). Membership corresponds to the number of wage and salary earners that are members of a trade union. Total number of wage and salary earners are taken from OECD Labour Force Statistics. Data are expressed in thousands and are presented from 1960 onwards.

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Bibliographic citation: Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation: Trade Unions, OECD Employment and Labour Market Statistics. UK Data Service.

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OECD and J.Visser, ICTWSS database (Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts)

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8th January 2019

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Annual

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1960-2017

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The unit of measure used depends on the members in dimension 'Country', 'Measure'

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The OECD/ICTWSS database contains information from administrative and survey data on the number of employees that are members of a trade union, the number of employees and union density defined as the ratio of union members divided by the total number of employees.

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Trade Union Density in OECD Countries (April 2018)Abstract

Trade union density corresponds to the ratio of wage and salary earners that are trade union members, divided by the total number of wage and salary earners (OECD Labour Force Statistics). Density is calculated using survey data, wherever possible, and administrative data adjusted for non-active and self-employed members otherwise. Data are expressed in percentages and presented from 1980. This dataset also comprises statistics on the number of active trade union members and the number of wage and salary earners. Data on union membership are broken down by source of data (administrative or survey data). Membership corresponds to the number of wage and salary earners that are members of a trade union. Total number of wage and salary earners are taken from OECD Labour Force Statistics. Data are expressed in thousands and are presented from 1960 onwards.

Contact person/organisation

http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch.aspxhttp://ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch.aspxData source(s) used

OECD and J.Visser, ICTWSS database (Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts)

ICTWSS Databasehttp://www.uva-aias.net/For more information see full methodologyhttp://www.oecd.org/employment/emp/UnionDensity_Sourcesandmethods.pdf
Direct source

Bibliographic citation: Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation: Trade Unions, OECD Employment and Labour Market Statistics. UK Data Service.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5257/oecd/labour/2018-11https://doi.org/10.5257/oecd/labour/2018-11
Source Periodicity

Yearly

Unit of measure used

The unit of measure used depends on the members in dimension 'Country', 'Measure'

Periodicity

Annual

Reference period

1960-2017

Date last updated

8th January 2019

Geographic coverage

Cross-national; National
OECD countries

http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/list-oecd-member-countries.htmhttp://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/list-oecd-member-countries.htm
Key statistical concept

The OECD/ICTWSS database contains information from administrative and survey data on the number of employees that are members of a trade union, the number of employees and union density defined as the ratio of union members divided by the total number of employees.

Recommended uses and limitations

UK Data Service Guide to OECD Employment and Labour Market Statistics

OECD Employment and Labour Market Statisticshttp://ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/guides/dataset/labour-statistics.aspx
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