Background to the Research
Working Lives Survey (WWLS) was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities
Commission for Northern Ireland in 1990. The survey was designed to:
factors which determine whether or not women participate in paid
work and how the unpaid work undertaken by women in the home influences
their involvement in the labour market.
the type of paid work women have done and do, as well as their
attitudes and experiences of employment.
women were interviewed who lived in private households and were aged
between 18 and 65. The sample was drawn from the 1990 Register of
Electors using a 2 stage proportionate random sample. The interview
took a semi-structured approach, including some prompt items.