The VML is our facility for providing secure access to sensitive detailed data. We provide access for Approved Researchers working on defined and approved non-commercial projects, which serve the public good. VML data can’t be downloaded, but users can access the data at their desk if they are part of a government organisation, or in a safe room at one of our sites if not.

Our procedures mean that analysis results don’t disclose sensitive information. The VML operates within a legal framework and there are penalties for breaking these rules.

Can I use the VML?

If you are a government user then you have direct access, but if you are an academic researcher you should first contact the UK Data Service to become an Approved Researcher.

What data are available?

  • Business survey data, such as Business Structure, Annual Business Survey, Innovation Survey, Foreign Investment and Employment and Skills, Employee Relations
  • Earnings data, such as Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and Occupational Pension Scheme survey
  • Census sample microdata and Longitudinal Study
  • Social surveys, such as Labour Force Survey, General Lifestyle Survey and Living Costs and Food survey

How do I get access?

Email: vml.service.desk@ons.gsi.gov.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1329 447871
Once access has been granted, we’ll provide specialist training on how to use the data.