Labour Market Division
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456728
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County
Survey name(s): Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)
A discontinuity exists between the BRES 2010 and 2011 estimates. This discontinuity is caused by changes made to the BRES questionnaire in 2011 that have made it clearer to respondents as to how they should be returning information on working owners. This change has had the effect of increasing the number of employees and decreasing the number in employment.
A full 2010 revised dataset that has been adjusted to take account of this discontinuity is now available on the National Statistics website. These estimates allow a full comparison to be made with the 2011 BRES estimates, and correspond to the high level estimates for 2010 contained within the 2011 BRES statistical bulletin published on 28th September 2012. However, since the 28th September estimates were released, a minor error was found in the way that the discontinuity adjustment was made, and so the estimates for 2010 contained within the 2011 BRES statistical bulletin have been corrected. The difference in the estimate of total employees caused by this change is is only 5,000.
A more detailed analysis of the discontinuity between 2010 and 2011 can be found in the Guidance and Methodology section of the National Statistics website.
BRES provides a rich dataset from which small area analyses can be derived at varying industrial and geographical levels. High level UK BRES estimates are published on the ONS website, while detailed GB regional estimates are published on NOMIS. BRES is regarded as the definitive source of official Government employee statistics.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.