Survey at a glance
The Vacancy Survey is a regular survey of businesses, which provides an accurate and comprehensive measure of the total number of vacancies across the economy and fills a gap in the information available regarding the demand for labour.
Before the Vacancy Survey was introduced, the only information available nationally about vacancies was from records of vacancies notified to Job Centres by employers.
This provided only a partial picture, possibly less than half of all vacancies, because employers are under no obligation to notify vacancies to Job Centres.
This business based survey has a more complete coverage and is included in the monthly ONS Labour Market Statistical Bulletin.
Selection Criteria - GB trading businesses
Population - Approximately 1.87 million
Sample - Approximately 6,000
Frequency - Monthly / Quarterly
Where is the data published?
The data are published in the ONS Labour Market Statistical Bulletin.