Methodology related to employment and employee types

  • Labour Force Survey – user guidance

    Methodology | Released on 23 January 2023

    Guidance about the background and methodology of the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

    Keywords: Labour Force Survey, User Guide, Guidance, LFS, employment, jobs, workforce, labour market, earnings, statistical quality

  • Vacancy Survey QMI

    Methodology | Released on 17 January 2023

    Quality and methodology information for vacancies, detailing the strengths and limitations of the data, methods used, and data uses and users.

    Keywords: job vacancies, jobs available, labour market, data quality

  • Travel to work quality information for Census 2021

    Methodology | Released on 8 December 2022

    Known quality information affecting travel to work data from Census 2021 in England and Wales to help users correctly interpret the statistics.

    Keywords: travel to work, Census 2021, furlough, pandemic, future

  • Labour Force Survey performance and quality monitoring reports

    Methodology | Released on 15 November 2022

    Response rates, sample size and quality assessment of the Office of National Statistics' quarterly Labour Force Survey.

    Keywords: quality, performance, labour force survey, response rates

  • Transformed Labour Force Survey – user guidance

    Methodology | Released on 14 November 2022

  • Labour Force Survey: the impact of using an alternative imputation method on main labour market estimates

    Methodology | Released on 24 October 2022

    Labour Force Survey (LFS) person-weighted datasets use a roll-forward imputation method. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic an alternative imputation method that might better cope with the unprecedented labour market circumstances was explored. This article highlights the impact of using this alternative method on main labour market estimates over the periods between January to March 2018 and June to August 2022.

    Keywords: Employment, Methodology, Unemployment, Inactivity

  • A guide to labour market data

    Methodology | Released on 25 August 2022

    Summary of labour market datasets, providing estimates of employment, unemployment, average weekly earnings and the number of vacancies. Tables are listed alphabetically and by topic.

    Keywords: labour market, labour market data, employment, unemployment, average weekly earnings

  • Monthly earnings and employment estimates from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information (PAYE RTI) data: methods

    Methodology | Released on 26 July 2022

    Methodology article explaining the methods used to derive monthly employee and earnings estimates from Pay as You Earn Real Time Information (PAYE RTI) administrative data. The article also includes comparisons with ONS’s official sources of labour market data.

    Keywords: workforce, pay, labour force survey, LFS, hours

  • Comparison of labour market data sources

    Methodology | Released on 27 April 2022

    The strengths and weaknesses of the main data sources we use to produce the labour market figures, including the advantages of new administrative data sources and limitations of some of our published figures.

    Keywords: Vacancies, employment, earnings, redundancies, labour, market

  • Developing an indicator of potential redundancies using Insolvency Service data

    Methodology | Released on 25 March 2022

    Quality and methodology information for weekly and monthly indicators of potential redundancies, using HR1 forms from The Insolvency Service. Experimental Statistics.

    Keywords: redundancies, HR1, Labour Market, unemployment, dismissals