Employment, unemployment, economic inactivity, claimant count, average earnings, vacancies and labour disputes.



The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for UK labour market statistics: Apr 2016

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

The following persons receive pre-release access to all of the statistics in the labour market release 24 hours in advance of publication.

Prime Minister
Cabinet Secretary
PS/Prime Minister
Special advisor
Director of Communications
Parliamentary Clerk
PPS/ Prime Minister Senior
Policy Advisor

Minister for the Cabinet Office

Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury
Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
Head of Macroeconomics & Fiscal Policy Directorate
Special advisor
Special advisor
Head of News Duty
Press Officer
Official clearing brief
Official preparing brief

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
Minister of State for Employment
Minister for Disabled People
Minister of State for Pensions Minister for Welfare Reform
Permanent Secretary, Dept for Work & Pensions (DWP)
Director General, Operations
Head of Labour Market Analysis Division
Deputy Head of Labour Market Analysis Division
Labour market strategy director
Labour market analyst
Assistant economist
Labour market statistics briefing official
Assistant economist
Head of PM’s Briefing Unit at DWP
Head of PM’s Briefing Unit at DWP
Press Officer
Press Officer
Special advisor
Special advisor

Governor of Bank of England
Deputy Governor
Deputy Governor
Deputy Governor
Assistant PS to Governor
Assistant PS to Governor
Economic Assistant
Official, Governors Office, Bank of England
Official, Governors Office, Bank of England
Official, Governors Office, Bank of England

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Minister for Skills
Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State
Head of Employment Market Analysis
Special Advisor
Special Advisor
Assistant economist
Press officer

Secretary of State for Scotland
Economic advisor, Scotland Office

Secretary of State for Wales
Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State
Private office official
Head of Policy Duty Press Officer
Special Advisor

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Senior Policy Advisor

First Minister, Scotland
Cabinet Sec for Finance & Sustainable Growth
Cabinet Sec for Fair Work, Skills & Training Minister for Youth and Womens Employment
Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
Economic advisor
Special advisor
Special advisor
Director of Employability, Skills & Lifelong Learning
Communications official
Communications official
Chief Economist
Briefing official, Education Analytical Services Division Deputy Director, Youth, Employability & Skills
Assistant Statistician
Briefing official, Office of Chief Economic Advisor

First Minister, Wales
Minister for Economy, Science and Transport
Minister for Education & Skills
Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology
Head of Economic & Labour Market Statistics, Welsh Government
Statistical officer
Chief economist Director of Strategy
Press Officer

First Minister, Northern Ireland
Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland
Minister for Finance & Personnel
Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment
Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service
Permanent Secretary, Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
Head of Analytical Services, Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Investment Principal
Information Officer
Special advisor
NISRA Senior principle statistician (Northern Ireland)
NISRA Principal statistician (Northern Ireland)
NISRA Principal statistician (Northern Ireland)