The Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) is the official source of employee and employment estimates by detailed geography and industry. It is also used to update the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR), the main sampling frame for business surveys conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with information on the structure of businesses in the UK.
The survey collects employment information from businesses across the whole of the UK economy for each site that they operate. This allows the ONS to produce employee and employment estimates by detailed geography and industry split by full-time/part-time workers and whether the business is public/private.
The ONS produces a number of different measures of employment including Workforce Jobs and the Annual Population Survey/Labour Force Survey. However, BRES is the recommended source of information on employment by detailed geography and industry.
This section provides information and guidance supporting BRES. The latest figures from the survey are available on the Business Register and Employment Survey release page and NOMIS.
If you cannot find what you are looking for or require further help or information about BRES please contact us:
By email at: BRES@ons.gsi.gov.uk
By telephone on: +44 (0)1633 456903
By post at:
Business Register and Employment Survey
Office for National Statistics