Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 2008

Module: Background

This page lists the questions asked within the Background module in 2008. Clicking on the question name printed to the left of every question will bring you to the tables of results for that question.

In 2007, some of the background questions were changed to match those asked in government surveys. For more information on the National Statistics Harmonisation project, click here.


TENSHT1: Household tenure

TENSHT2: Does your accommodation go with the job of anyone in the household?

LANDLORD: Who is your landlord?

FURNISH: Is your accommodation furnished?

HOUSEHLD: Number in household

RAGECAT: Age of respondent (in age categories)

RSEX: Sex of respondent

RMARST: Marital status of respondent

RLIVTOG: Is respondent living with someone household as a couple?

HIGHQUAL: Highest educational qualification of respondent

TEA: Age when completed continuous full-time education.

EMPST: Economic activity of respondent.

EMPST2: Employment status of respondent.

ECONACT: Is respondent economically active?

RHOURSWK: How many hours do/did you normally work per week?

REMPSEMP: Is/was respondent an employee or self-employed?

EMPST3: Economic activity of spouse.

EMPST4: Employment status of spouse.

ECONACT2: Is spouse economically active?

RELIGION: Religion of respondent

FAMRELIG: What religion were you brought up in?

CHATTEND: How often do you attend church services/meetings?

PRTNRRLG: What is your spouse's/partner's religion? (Asked in the Religious Observance module)

MUMRELIG: What was your mother's religion when you were a child?

DADRELIG: What was your father's religion when you were a child?

SLFMXSCH: Did you attend a mixed or integrated school in Northern Ireland?

FORMINT: Was this a formally integrated school? (derived variable)

CONTB4IE: Did you have much contact with the other religious community before attending your first mixed or integrated school?

CHDMXSCH: Has any child in your care attended a mixed/integrated school in Northern Ireland?

CAREHOME: Is there anyone living with you whom you look after?

CARESEP: Do you provide regular service/help for someone not living with you?

HEALTHYR: Compared to people of your own age, how is your health?

DISAB1: Do you have a long-standing illness, disability or infirmity?

LIMDISAB: Does this illness or disability limit your activities?

LIMILL: Have you ever had a long-term illness that affected your activities?

PERSINC2: Personal income before tax and National Insurance.

HHLDINC2: Household income before tax and National Insurance.

ORIENT: Sexual orientation

LIVEAREA: How long have you lived in the town where you live now?

PLACELIV: How would you describe the place where you live?

OUTOFNI: Have you lived outside Northern Ireland for more than six months?

ELSEUK: Did you live elsewhere in the United Kingdom?

ROIRELND: Did you live in the Republic of Ireland?

OUTBISLE: Did you live outside the British Isles?

HINCPAST: Has your household's income fallen behind prices over the last years?

INTWWW: Does anyone have access to the internet from this address?

INTLEIS: Do you use the internet for any reason other than work?

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