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Statistical usage of administrative or management sources


Statistical usage of our own administrative or management sources

The only management information owned by the Office for National Statistics that feeds into statistical products is the personnel information held on the Atlas System.

The main administrative purpose of this system is to hold Office for National Statistics information on financials, HR (including the field force), procurement and expenses.

Various feeds of information go into Atlas; these include:

  • Payroll

  • Field Information Management System (FIMS), and

  • Cost & Time System (CATS) 

Reports from this system include:

  • COINS return to Treasury (Financial) - monthly

  • Cabinet Office sick return - quarterly.

  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Public Sector Benchmarking - annual

  • Treasury Benchmarking of back office functions - annual

  • Quarterly Public Sector Employment (QPSE) - quarterly

  • Senior Civil Service (SCS) survey - biannual

  • Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES) - annual

Statistical usage of other organisations' administrative or management sources

Administrative data lists the data used by ONS in compiling statistical outputs. It is under constant review as the use of such sources change over time.

Please see the download section for a list of administrative data sources used by ONS.

Further quality information on administrative data used by ONS outputs can be found in the relevant Quality and Methodology Information (QMI) documents.

The QMIs include information on quality audits and on procedures for taking account of the implications for official statistics when changes to administrative systems are contemplated.

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