The IHS is the largest social survey collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), providing estimates from approximately 340,000 individual respondents - the biggest pool of UK social data after the census.
The surveys which currently form part of the Integrated Household Survey (as at September 2013) are:
Topics covered by the IHS include sexual identity, perceived general health, smoking prevalence, education, housing and employment.
At present, IHS statistics are designated as experimental1.
The IHS releases data on an annual basis.
The latest release from the Integrated Household Survey is January 2012-December 2012 Statistical Bulletin.
Previous IHS bulletins:
Access to IHS datasets:
You can access the IHS data sets via the UK Data Archive.
To arrange access to the IHS data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have published a set of user guides which can be used when analysing data from the Integrated Household Survey. The latest versions of these user guides are:
IHS User Guide Volume 1: Background and Methodology 2012 (172.7 Kb Pdf)
IHS User Guide Volume 2: 2012 Questionnaire (257 Kb Pdf)
IHS User Guide Volume 3: Details of IHS variables 2012 (809.4 Kb Pdf)
IHS User Guide Volume 4: IHS Derived Variables 2012 (1.26 Mb Pdf)
ONS have also produced a quality report for the IHS. This can be downloaded here:
Summary Quality Report for the Integrated Household Survey (137.6 Kb Pdf)
ONS are consulting users regarding two proposals on the IHS. Information on these proposals and how to respond can be accessed from the following web pages:
Proposal to rotate the Sexual Identity questions on the IHS (removal from the IHS in 2014, and reinstated in 2015)
This consultation runs from Friday 13 September 2013 to Friday 11 October 2013.
This consultation runs from Monday 2 September 2013 to Thursday 31 October 2013.
ONS have also consulted IHS users regarding the frequency of IHS data releases. Information on this consultation can be found here:
This consultation ran from 1 August 2012 until 30 October 2012.
1. Experimental statistics are those which are in the testing phase, are not yet fully developed and have not been submitted for assessment to the UK Statistics Authority. They are published in order to involve customers and stakeholders in their development and as a means to build in quality at an early stage.