The ONS Local service was established by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in spring 2023. It was set up to work alongside the Subnational Statistics and Analysis division in response to the Levelling Up White Paper, which was announced in February 2022. This lays out plans to reduce regional inequality across a range of economic and social measures.  

Alongside this, ONS Local provides support to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). They have provided us with additional funding to increase our capability across several workstreams. This is to support the development and dissemination of more timely, granular, and harmonised subnational statistics. 

ONS Local sit alongside the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and UK-wide data coherence team who are working to improve the coherence of statistics across the UK and devolved administrations, and work with multiple producers in Central Government who publish statistics on the same topic.

What we do 

ONS Local is an analytical advisory service for local leaders. We have dedicated analysts based across the UK who ensure that local leaders have access to data, statistics and analysis, to support evidence-based decision-making across local government.  

The ONS Local analytical service offer is based on five main pillars: 

  • analytical  
  • data 
  • network 
  • strategic 
  • building capability 

Analytical 

We provide analytical advice and produce analysis ourselves where needed. 

Data 

The ONS and wider government produce a vast range of data, which can be difficult for some users to navigate. We support users to navigate the data landscape and access data platforms. We also connect them to expert advice at ONS for specific data sets. 

Network 

We encourage networking across councils and other stakeholders and organise events based on analytical themes and sharing knowledge. We also support existing networks as well as creating new networks in places where these connections may be lacking. 

Strategic 

We use our unique position within central government to understand, identify, and align priorities for both local and central decision-makers, alongside capturing user needs. 

Building capability 

We are working to create sustainable change in the long-term, by improving data capability in local government. 

Where we work 

The ONS Local team are based across the UK, with regional leads in the nine English Regions of:  

  • North West 
  • North East 
  • Yorkshire and The Humber  
  • East Midlands 
  • East of England 
  • West Midlands 
  • South West 
  • South East 
  • London 

There are also devolved liaison officers in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These officers work closely with our coherence team to ensure requests for information and user needs remain joined up. This is particularly important for UK-wide statistics on cross-topic areas produced from local and regional data.  

Our team also includes a flexible pool of analysts to support with wider cross-cutting projects.  

If you have an enquiry, contact the ONS Local team by emailing ons.local@ons.gov.uk

If you have any questions about the wider coherence work of the GSS and the UK-wide data coherence team, email GSS.coherence@ons.gov.uk.  

Events and workshops 

We run a series of events, webinars and workshops to connect our users with the developments happening in subnational statistics.  

Sign up to our upcoming events through the ONS Local presents Eventbrite

ONS Local user requested data 

Major occupation group breakdown by various sectors, 2011 to 2021
Published on 17 March 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Skill level group breakdown of jobs for various sectors, London and all other regions of the UK, 2011 to 2022
Published on 24 April 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA).

Jobs in the digital industry in London and all other regions of the UK, 2010 to 2022
Published on 24 April 2023 from the Annual Population Survey, and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Jobs in the digital industry in London and all other regions of the UK, 2010 to 2021
Published on 25 April 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Personal well-being for London, broken down by age group, 2019 to 2022
Published on 28 April 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Job quality indicators by industry, London, 2021 to 2022
Published on 5 May 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Jobs in the creative economy in London and all other regions of the UK, 2010 to 2022
Published on 26 May 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Job quality indicators by creative industry sub-sector, London, 2021 to 2022
Published on 16 June 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

ONS Local: All jobs in London and all other regions of the UK, by SIC section, 2010 to 2022
Published on 11 July 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

ONS Local: Jobs in the creative economy by creative industry sub-sector, London, 2010 to 2022
Published on 24 July 2023 from the Annual Population Survey and requested by Greater London Authority (GLA). 

ONS Local: Number of jobs in the creative industry and occupations 2018 to 2022 for existing and forthcoming combined authority areas
Published on 24 July 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: IDBR analysis of creative industry in York and North Yorkshire 2018 to 2022
Published on 2 August 2023 from the Inter-Departmental Business Register. 

ONS Local: Graduates and non-graduates employed in graduate and non-graduate roles, numbers and proportions for UK countries and regions, 2021 and 2022
Published on 31 August 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: Employed graduates in non-graduate roles in parts of the UK, 2021 to 2022
Published on 31 August 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: Graduates employed in non-graduate roles, proportions for local authorities in Scotland, 2021 and 2022
Published on 31 August 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: Graduates employed in non-graduate roles, proportions for local authorities in Wales, 2021 and 2022
Published on 31 August 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: IDBR analysis of employment by enterprise size band across Yorkshire
Published on 3 October 2023 from the Inter-Departmental Business Register. 

ONS Local: Approximation of business owners by sex and disability status for the UK, English regions, and Local Enterprise Partnerships, 2014 to 2022
Published on 11 October 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

ONS Local: Overemployment in London, 2006 to 2022
Published on 22 November 2023 from the Annual Population Survey. 

Digital Exclusion risk factors mapped across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Published in November 2023 from OFCOM, Census 2021, DLUHC IMD 2019, NOMIS data sources. 

Broadband coverage across Norfolk mapped against age, disability and deprivation
Published in November 2023 from OFCOM and Census 2021 data sources. 

Demography for Liverpool City Region 2022
Published on 7 December 2023 from the Inter-Departmental Business Register. 

Related links 

Coherence of statistics
Web page
The Analysis Function website provides more detailed information about the work of the GSS and UK-wide data coherence team and the work they are doing to bring together outputs on the same topic. 

Unlocking the potential of local data, National Statistical Blog
Blog | 21 November 2023
How the ONS Local team's work has helped local communities to enact better targeted policy interventions and make more effective use of valuable public resources.