Title of statistical activity: Social insurance (until 2015)

Code of statistical activity: 40502

  1. Contact
  2. Metadata update
  3. Statistical presentation
  4. Unit of measure
  5. Reference period
  6. Institutional mandate
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Release policy
  9. Frequency of dissemination
  10. Accessibility and clarity
  11. Quality management
  12. Relevance
  13. Accuracy and reliability
  14. Timeliness and punctuality
  15. Coherence and comparability
  16. Cost and burden
  17. Data revision
  18. Statistical processing
  19. Comments

1. Contact Individual or organisational contact points for the data or metadata, including information on how to reach the contact points.

1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.

Statistics Estonia

1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.

Methodology and Analysis Department

1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.

Marianne Leppik

1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".

Leading Statistician

1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.

51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia

1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.

marianne.leppik@stat.ee

1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.

+372 625 8484

2. Metadata update The date on which the metadata element was inserted or modified in the database.

2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.

05/05/2015

2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.

05/05/2015

3. Statistical presentation

3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.

Pensioners by type of pension, sex and age group; average pension.

Benefits of health insurance, expenditure of health insurance and persons covered by health insurance.

Family benefits, social benefits, benefits for disabled persons, families receiving child allowance, persons receiving single parent’s child allowance, persons receiving parental benefit.

Persons receiving unemployment allowance and unemployment insurance benefits; average unemployment insurance benefit; persons receiving insurance benefit upon lay-off and average benefit; persons receiving benefit upon insolvency of employer and average benefit.

3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.

Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)

3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.

Social protection

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.

Health insurance – a state warranty system for paying compensation to the residents of the Republic of Estonia for retaining health, paying the expenses of temporary incapacity for work and costs of medical treatment, and pregnancy and maternity benefits.

National pension – the pension granted to a person who does not have the right to receive the old-age pension, the pension for incapacity for work or the survivor’s pension because he/she has not completed a sufficient number of years of pensionable service or his/her accumulation period is insufficient.

Old-age pension – the pension granted to persons who have attained the pensionable age and who have completed at least 15 years of pensionable service.

Parental benefit – benefit for parent with children up to 18 months old, remains previous average salary with limitations.

Pension for full length of service required – the pension granted to persons in such professions that bring about the loss of or reduction in the professional capacity for work before attaining the pensionable age and thus persons cannot continue work in that profession.

Pension for incapacity for work – the pension granted to persons from 16 years of age until attaining the pensionable age if he or she is declared permanently incapacitated for work.

Survivor’s pension – upon the death of a provider, a survivor’s pension shall be granted to family members who were maintained by him/her and are incapacitated for work.

Unemployment insurance – a type of compulsory insurance the purpose of which is to provide, upon unemployment, partial compensation for the lost income to insured persons for the time of the search for work, and partial compensation of the expenses related to the collective termination of employment contracts and service relationships to employers, and the protection of the claims of the employees upon insolvency of employers.

3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.

Person

3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.

Persons covered by social insurance

FRAME

Not applicable.

3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.

Estonia as a whole

Counties

3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.

Pension insurance 1970–…

Health insurance 1995–…

Unemployment insurance 2003–…

Social benefits 1993–…

3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.

Not applicable.

4. Unit of measure The unit in which the data values are measured.

Number of beneficiaries

The sum of benefits – euro

5. Reference period The period of time or point in time to which the measured observation is intended to refer.

Year

Month

Quarter

6. Institutional mandate

6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.

DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACT

Regulation (EC) No 458/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 April 2007 on the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS)

Official Statistics Act

OTHER AGREEMENTS

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

7. Confidentiality A property of data indicating the extent to which their unauthorised disclosure could be prejudicial or harmful to the interest of the source or other relevant parties.

7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.

The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 34 and § 35 of the Official Statistics Act.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.

Not applicable.

8. Release policy Rules for disseminating statistical data to interested parties.

8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.

Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. On 1 October each year, the release times of the Statistical Database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications are announced in the release calendar (in case of publications – the release month).

8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.

https://www.stat.ee/release-calendar

8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.

All users have been granted an equal access to official statistics: this means that the dissemination dates of official statistics have to be announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) can have access to the official statistics (results of official statistical surveys) before other users. Statistical information is first published in the Statistical Database. In case a news release is published based on the same data, the information provided in the relevant news release is simultaneously published in the Statistical Database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8.00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calender.

9. Frequency of dissemination The time interval at which the statistics are disseminated over a given time period.

Year

Quarter

10. Accessibility and clarity

10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.

Not published.

10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.

„Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia”

10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.

Data are published under the heading „Social life/ Social protection” in the Statistical Database in http://pub.stat.ee.

10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.

The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 34, § 35, § 36, § 37, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act. Access to micro-data and anonymisation of micro-data are regulated by Statistics Estonia’s „Procedure for dissemination of confidential data for scientific purposes”: https://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/51669.

10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.

Data serve as input for statistical activities 40509 „European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS)”, 50101 „Estonian regional development” and 50201 „Sustainable development indicators (dashboard)”.

10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.

„Sotsiaalkaitse kogukulutuste (ESSPROS) käsiraamat” (in Estonian), Statistics Estonia (2012)

https://www.stat.ee/metoodika

ESSPROS Manual. The European System of integrated Social PROtection Statistics (ESSPROS), Eurostat (2011)

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/portal/page/portal/product_details/publication?p_product_code=KS-RA-11-014

10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.

Quality report on the ESSPROS core system;

quality report on the ESSPROS net social benefits module;

quality report on the ESSPROS pension beneficiaries module

11. Quality management Systems and frameworks in place within an organisation to manage the quality of statistical products and processes.

11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.

To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, EU Statistics Code of Practice and the ESS Quality Assurance Framework (QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements provided for in § 7. „Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.

11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.

Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process (this information includes, among other things, feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees). This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.

12. Relevance The degree to which statistical information meet current and potential needs of the users.

12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.

Ministry of Social Affairs

Ministry of Finance

Users’ suggestions and information about taking them into account are available on the SE website https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.

12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.

Since 1996 Statistics Estonia conducts reputation surveys and user surveys.

All results are available on the website https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.

12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.

Administrative data show only the statistics of public authorities.

13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
Reliability: closeness of the initial estimated value to the subsequent estimated value.

13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.

The accuracy of source data is monitored by assessing the methodological soundness of data sources and the adherence to the methodological recommendations.

13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.

Not applicable.

13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.

Administrative data show only a department statistics.

14. Timeliness and punctuality

14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.

The data are released:

Unemployment insurance 50 days upon the end of the reference quarter (T+50);

Pension insurance 50 days upon the end of the reference quarter (T+50) and 75 days upon the end of the reference year (T+75);

Health insurance 125 days upon the end of the reference year (T+125);

Social insurance benefits 145 days upon the end of the reference year (T+145).

annual data (survey period – quarter)

(2012) T+74

(2011) T+125

(2010) T+125

(2009) T+125

(2008) T+126

(2007) T+108

14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.

The data have been published at the time announced in the release calender.

15. Coherence and comparability

15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.

Geographical comparability is available nationally. International comparison must take into account differences in national social security systems.

15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.

The data are comparable across time.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.

When comparing data from different sources methodological differences need to be kept in mind.

15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.

The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.

16. Cost and burden Cost associated with the collection and production of a statistical product and burden on respondents.

17. Data revision Any change in a value of a statistic released to the public.

17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.

The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.

17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.

The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, if errors are discovered, if new or better data become available.

18. Statistical processing

18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.

SURVEY DATA

Not used.

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA

The following data are received from the Social Insurance Board: state pension insurance (number of recipients, sum of pensions, average monthly pension by type of pension); family benefits (number of recipients and sum by type); social benefits for disabled persons (number of recipients and sum by type); other benefits and payments (number of recipients and sum by type); number of pensioners by type of pension and age group. The following data are received from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund: health insurance expenditure; number of certificates of incapacity for work; number of recompensable days; total payments; number of persons covered by health insurance; number of employees in the Estonian Health Insurance Fund. The following data are received from the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund: unemployment insurance benefit, insurance benefit upon lay-off, benefit upon insolvency of employer and unemployment allowance.

DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES

Not used.

18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.

Year

Quarter

18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.

Aggregated data from administrative data sources via e-mail

18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.

The data are compared with the data of previous periods.

18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.

The indicators to be published are calculated on the basis of the collected data.

18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.

Not applicable.

19. Comments Supplementary descriptive text which can be attached to data or metadata.

Not available.