Table 1

Descriptive statistics: SF-36 health attributes and employment type

MenWomen
Mean/proportion95% CINMean/proportion95% CIN
Health attributes (mean, 0–100 scale)
 Physical functioning90.7590.61 to 90.8953 60989.2489.09 to 89.3949 402
 Role physical89.0488.81 to 89.2653 79885.9285.66 to 86.1949 482
 Bodily pain78.0277.85 to 78.1954 01076.3276.14 to 76.5149 656
 General health71.2171.05 to 71.3653 89072.3172.15 to 72.4849 393
 Vitality63.3863.23 to 63.5354 29059.3859.21 to 59.5549 885
 Social functioning88.1888.02 to 88.3354 64485.5485.36 to 85.7150 173
 Role emotional89.9989.78 to 90.2153 76387.186.85 to 87.3549 468
 Mental health76.4976.36 to 76.6254 28874.6374.5 to 74.7749 900
Employment type (proportion in %)*
 Permanent64.263.79 to 64.6133 77363.8663.43 to 64.2930 852
 Casual8.738.49 to 8.97459215.1114.79 to 15.437299
 Fixed term7.347.12 to 7.5738639.379.12 to 9.644528
 Self-employed19.3619.03 to 19.710 18711.110.82 to 11.385361
 Other0.360.32 to 0.421910.560.5 to 0.63272
 Total10052 60610048 312
Employment type, regular/irregular (proportion in %)*†
 Permanent, regular62.7762.35 to 63.1833 01562.5262.09 to 62.9630 205
 Permanent, irregular1.441.34 to 1.547571.331.23 to 1.44644
 Casual, regular8.097.86 to 8.3242541413.69 to 14.316763
 Casual, irregular0.640.58 to 0.713371.111.02 to 1.21536
 Fixed term, regular7.156.93 to 7.3737619.158.89 to 9.414419
 Fixed term, irregular0.190.16 to 0.231010.230.19 to 0.27109
 Self-employed, regular18.9218.59 to 19.26995210.910.62 to 11.185265
 Self-employed, irregular0.440.39 to 0.52320.20.16 to 0.2496
 Other, regular0.350.3 to 0.41820.540.48 to 0.61261
 Other, irregular0.020.01 to 0.0390.020.01 to 0.0411
 Total10052 60010048 309
  • *The underlying sample for the bottom two panels is the one in which all eight health attributes were non-missing.

  • †Due to missingness in the regular/irregular variable, further observations are lost—six for men and three for women.