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Statistics and data sources

UK statistics

The Library has access to a range of UK statistical information, including a number of statistical surveys, official publications, and series.

You can find many Office for National Statistics (ONS) publications in the official publications section on level 8 of the Edward Boyle Library. Older material (prior to 1996) is kept in "Stack Official Publications" also on Level 8 of the Edward Boyle Library.

Sources for UK statistics

Among the most useful sources for UK statistics are:

  • Annual Abstract of Statistics: statistics on economy, industry, society and demography with explanatory notes and definitions.
  • Economic and Labour Market Review: a monthly compendium of statistics and articles on the UK economy and labour market, including statistics on earnings, employment, RPI, labour disputes, redundancies etc.
  • Regional Trends: a comprehensive source of statistics about the statistical regions within England. Includes demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics covering most aspects of life.
  • Social Trends: social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations.
  • UK Data Service: includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data

Sources for statistical surveys

In addition to regular statistical series, a number of surveys produce reports on particular themes. These include:

  • Family Spending: a household survey providing data collected on a number of demographic and socio-economic variables from a sample of households in the UK.
  • Family Resources Survey: a wide range of information including basic household and individual characteristics (ethnic origin, employment status), household income, housing costs, other costs, ownership of vehicles/consumer durables, and information on carers and disabilities.
  • General Household Survey: annual survey covering income, housing, economic activity, family composition, fertility, education, leisure activities, drinking, smoking, and health.

Question Bank: copies of questionnaires used in a number of major British social surveys, giving background information and definitions.