- The data source for the other mining and quarrying sector (in Standard Industrial Classification 2007 division 8) has changed from the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) to Prodcom.
- The change in data sources has taken place due to both the discontinuation of AMRI and to bring consistency in the publication of product data.
- Several options have been explored to link the two datasets to provide a consistent and comparable time series.
- Prodcom will now be publishing other mining and quarrying data from July 2018 onwards.
Understanding what products are being produced and sold by UK manufacturers provides an important insight into the economy. To obtain this information, Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses the Prodcom survey, which collects information from approximately 21,500 UK businesses, covering 25 manufacturing divisions, 234 industries and approximately 3,800 products. Prodcom covers product sales by UK manufacturers; this is not the same as UK retail sales, which refer to the sales of goods by retail businesses, or consumer purchases.
One of the sectors covered within the Prodcom survey is the other mining and quarrying sector (division 08 as part of the Standard Industrial Classification 2007). Prior to 2015, the data for the other mining and quarrying sector was collected as part of the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) survey. AMRI data were collected by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), now known as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The inquiry provided data on non-energy mineral production in Great Britain, extracted sales of chalk, clays, crushed rock, dolomite, granite, limestone, peat, ore minerals, salt, sandstone, sand and gravel, slate and other minerals, together with employment for each quarry type.
The AMRI survey coverage only included Great Britain, so ONS separately sampled businesses in Northern Ireland. Aggregated figures from AMRI were then combined with the Northern Ireland aggregated estimates to create total values and volumes for the different products within the mining and quarrying sector for the UK.
The AMRI survey ceased after the 2014 survey period so an alternative approach was required to collect and capture the Great Britain element of this division to continue to produce UK estimates. As Prodcom has always collected data for Northern Ireland the Prodcom sample was extended to full UK coverage in the other mining and quarrying division from the 2015 survey period onwards to produce UK estimates to meet user and legislative requirements.
The change in source data for this division resulted in a level shift in the estimates between 2014 and 2015. To understand this and to construct a consistent time series, the estimates for this division have been suppressed within the Prodcom publication since the change.
The purpose of this article is to highlight the differences between the estimates from AMRI compared with those collected as part of the Prodcom survey, the reasons for these and to provide an estimate of the discontinuity and a linking factor to allow users to have a consistent time series on a consistent basis. Data for this sector will now be reinstated and published from July 2018 onwards.Back to table of contents
Prodcom collects product-based statistics on industrial production. Businesses are therefore asked to provide information on:
- the value (in pounds sterling or euro) and the volume (kilograms, number of items and so on) of product sales; although the data collected are based on invoiced sales, for the relevant products collected, total production and production intended for sale are collected instead
- non-manufacturing income: merchanted goods; work done; sales of waste products; all other income; and total turnover
The provision of product sales information and non-manufacturing income, allows analysis of the proportion of manufacturing and non-manufacturing activity in each industry. Prodcom thus provides a comprehensive picture of industrial production in the UK. The sectors Prodcom covers meet international guidelines.
The information collected is used within the national accounts and the Producer Price Index (which is a primary measure of inflation). The statistics have a variety of uses such as policy-making and assessing trends in certain product sectors and are required by Eurostat, which collects and harmonises the data for the whole of the EU.Back to table of contents
The Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) provided an alternative data source, reducing the burden on businesses. The end of AMRI in 2014 provided an opportunity for product data for all sectors to be collected on a consistent basis.
Several limitations had been identified with using AMRI data, which had impacted past Prodcom publications. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) only required the collection of the total volume data (tonnes) of a product; recording everything that was extracted from the ground. There was no requirement for their inquiry to collect value, only volume. The value was estimated by AMRI before delivery to Office for National Statistics (ONS), by allocating a nominal value to the mineral, which was usually the minimum value of the product range.
AMRI was also sourced separately to most business surveys in ONS, which use the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) as a sampling frame. This meant that there were some inconsistencies in the businesses that were included as part of division 8 within AMRI compared with what they would be classified under a Prodcom survey.Back to table of contents
The Prodcom survey questions differ from those collected as part of the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) in terms of requirements of both volume and value of goods. The Prodcom survey asks how much of the materials are goods for resale, whereas AMRI collected the quantity of the materials extracted. This included companies who extract the materials and transform them into goods for their own use as well as for resale. Consequently, the estimates used prior to 2015 (from AMRI) overstated the true level of values required as part of Prodcom methodology.
Extending the Prodcom sample to cover this sector in its entirety was deemed to have several benefits:
- improved data for main users within Office for National Statistics (ONS) (for example, compilation of national accounts)
- reduced processing of the data as all collected on a standard basis (for example, previously any AMRI data had to be validated and elements removed where carried in from other Standard Industrial Classifications)
- consistency for industry and the survey as a whole – Great Britain and Northern Ireland collected from the same source
Due to the change in source data and the unknown impact, estimates were suppressed from 2013 onwards for this sector within the Prodcom publication. Data were treated as experimental for three annual survey periods until sufficient data were received and analysed.
After having now fully validated the data from 2015 onwards, including having spoken to any main contributors whose data has fluctuated year-on-year, it is clear the data collected through Prodcom more accurately reflects the true value level. It does, however, mean there is a break in the series for this sector resulting in a discontinuity. It is important to understand the new data source and how and why this differs from the previous estimates.
The main differences between the two sources are detailed in Table 1.
Table 1: Differences between data sources
|Previously (AMRI)||Currently (PRODCOM)|
|Design||Accounted for the entire volume of product extracted, whether it was sold or not – so it over estimated sales||Collects only the value of goods sold in the calendar year, and volume of sold goods|
|Units||Only collected total volume data (tonnes); value figures estimated for the business from this||Data collected for volume (in various measures) and value (sales)|
|Sampling||AMRI had a census of 1700 sites||Sample size for this sector of 100 for 2015, and an increased sample of 150 for 2016|
|Coverage||Only sampled Great Britain, Prodcom data for Northern Ireland was aggregated to create the total figure. Covered small quarries that were used for personal consumption, some that were not businesses, and included those that fell below VAT and PAYE thresholds||Samples from all the United Kingdom weighted to the business population on the business register|
|Source: Office for National Statistics and Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry|
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Analysis of previous estimates data for 2015 and 2016, shows lower total value compared with those collected prior to 2015 as part of the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) survey. This difference is due to the over-coverage issues as identified in Table 1.
Table 3: Historical estimates of the average values for division 8
|Year||Actual AMRI (2008-14) and Previous ProdCom (2015-16) Values (£ million) (using AMRI as data source)||Consistent Prodcom Estimates Value (£ million) (with historical estimates constructed)|
|Source: Office for National Statistics and Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry|
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The approach maintains the growth rates seen previously at the product level up to 2014. The growth rate between 2014 and 2015 is the growth rate seen in the Northern Ireland businesses between these periods but applied at the UK aggregated level. Finally, the growth rate between 2015 and 2016 is that seen from the new source data (from the Prodcom survey). Whilst the approach preserves previous growth rates, this shifts the level of the back series onto a comparable basis with the current data source. These estimates are available within this note, while the published estimates will still be provided on the historical basis.
Through using AMRI percentage changes, the back series still replicates the trends from the AMRI data for each product. As shown in Figure 2 the trends at industry level follow similar patterns to previous trends but not match exactly due to the growth rates applied at product level. It is more consistent with the 2017 data currently being processed for Prodcom and allows for more appropriate comparison over time. Figure 2 shows comparable upward trends in line with Figure 1. A full series is available within the datasets attached.Back to table of contents
Prodcom will continue collecting data on this new basis for the other mining and quarrying sector, with estimates for 2015 to 2017 to be published on 3 July as part of the 2017 provisional Prodcom publication. However, estimates within the Prodcom statistical bulletin and accompanying datasets will only be on the new basis with historical data remaining as previously published. This article and accompanying dataset containing the relevant linking factors should be used to produce any consistent back series.Back to table of contents
Author: Nadia Davenport
The author would like to acknowledge the contributions from Pauline Beck, Jon Gough and Matthew Smith.Back to table of contents
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