ESO prepares to begin labour and quality of life surveys

| 22/04/2024 | 31 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Spring Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Quality of Life Survey (QLS) conducted by the Economics and Statistics Office will begin on Sunday, 28 April, and the ESO is urging people to take part as the Cayman Islands continues the quest to improve data collection. The LFS seeks information on employed and unemployed people here as well as those who are not in the labour force. The newer QLS aims to gather data on life satisfaction, the sense of well-being, financial security, economic outlook, loneliness, social inclusion, a sense of belonging to the local community and perceived health.

The launch of the 2025 spring surveys comes in the wake of the results of last October’s LFS, which revealed an increase in the unemployment rate among Caymanians to over 5% amidst a significant increase in the number of people actually in work. The labour force itself has reached a record high of more than 60,500 people over the age of 15 who are either in work or looking for a job. Some 58,500 people have a job.

As the ESO embarks on the next LFS and this newer survey about quality of life, officials sought to reassure members of the public who will be selected to take part that the data collected is kept in the strictest confidence, as mandated by the Statistics Act. Individual data will not be published or used outside the ESO and is exempt from freedom of information requests.

Trained interviewers with ESO ID cards will administer the survey to approximately 2,000 randomly selected households. The ESO thanks the households who have already participated in previous surveys and is asking for support in this upcoming Spring 2024 survey.

For more information on any aspect of the survey or results of previous surveys, contact the ESO at 516-3329, 949-0940, or visit

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have a question… Are these mandatory? Can you refuse taking the survey? I’ve been told (by the surveyor) that you can get prosecuted for telling them no?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I don’t want nobody at my house with a clip board and a car full of men coming to my yard stating they coming to do a survey. Send the survey by post. You cannot trust no one these days. BTW, we still have a governor?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The stupid thing is that they send these surveys out to other government agencies to also complete while the Portfolio of the Civil Service is also collecting and keeping HR statistics. Why not just collaborate and stop creating more administration?

    • CHA says:

      If only we could only see some strategic and positive policy changes arising from these aurveys they would be largely welcomed. Another tick in the box fulfilling a job description does absolutely fkr,ling nuting for the populace.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Time to keep the gate locked. Not coming in my yard. These surveys make no difference.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can’t say for the labor force survey, but for quality of life I’ll put it plainly: it has gone down…full stop.

    Every single way you could measure quality of life here is deteriorating and rapidly so.

  6. Anonymous says:

    in these modern times, tell me why they can’t send out out the survey digitally and have 5,000+ people respond?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Busy work.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Let us say 2% of that 5% are those in any society who do not wish to make themselves useful. I worry about the remaining 3% being given a fair opportunity to secure employment without bias, and earning a salary that does not require them to visit NAU to make ends meet.

  9. Anonymous says:

    These surveys are just excuses by the government to hire more people. Hell what do they need a stupid survey to see that people are struggling; cost of food, fuel, utilities, housing, insurances are all thru the roof; you have the buy a work permit people running all over the island contracting yet no government agency does a dam thing about it. Crime and traffic offenses are rampant but nothing is being done (except to take a pledge). So why waste our time with this? Just more bullsh&%

  10. Anonymous says:

    “the ESO is urging people to take part “, yeah, that’s a no from me, dawg. The last time around, I didn’t trust the people who came to my house. If you insist, I will resist.

    • Anonymous says:

      They even urge visitors to respond. Came to my rental unit when I was there for a few weeks visiting friends a few years ago. An hour and a half later still stuck there answering questions. 🙁 Don’t understand why my input would be relevant.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Caymanian employment is up to 5%, plus we have a little over a thousand young people graduating from high schools in June. Add them to the above percentage. This is serious.

    • Anonymous says:

      Surely you can’t be serious.

      • Haters will be haters says:

        22/04/2024 at 10:18pm: And why would be I be joking? Is there a reason to jest? Many young people want to work. Many wish to continue their education but cannot for a myriad reasons. It is sad they have to contend with people who write them off from the get-go. It is easier to bash than help, eh?!

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s only the JGHS and CHHS students we are writing off, don’t worry.

          Blame successive education ministers for that and actually, throw in the politicians that wanted us to be more in line with our “Caribbean Neighbours”.

          Turns out they aren’t doing so good, and adopting more of their cultures and attitudes doesn’t make for great school leavers.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am and don’t call me Shirley.

    • Anonymous says:

      Graduating with no skills. Struggling with basic literacy. An outrage.

      • Haters will be haters says:

        To 22/04/2024 at 10:36pm: People love to generalize. For your information, not all graduating students struggle with basic literacy. I volunteer, and in the process have met several young people who are neither illiterate nor looking for a meal ticket.

        • Anonymous says:


          Do you not understand the basis concept of what it means to graduate? To attain a recognized academic standard?

        • Anonymous says:

          But apparently nearly half of them struggle to get 5 passes at level 2. That’s not a generalisation, its a fact. Basic literacy shouldn’t be the expected standard, especially if you are being picky on what jobs you are prepared to take.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sound like the qualifications of our elected representatives.

      • Anonymous says:

        The system is DESIGNED for failures, so you can grin n gloat.

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian UNemployment, you surely mean.

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