What is the Management and Expectations Survey (MES)?

The Management and Expectations Survey (MES) collects information from businesses in both the services and production industries about their management practices and expectations for their business in the future.

We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy.

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What you'll be asked about:

  • The use of targets and key performance indicators (KPIs)

  • Employment and hiring decisions

  • How your business responds to problems

  • Information on your business's current performance and future expectations (including turnover, investment, employment and spending on resources)

  • Technologies used by this business

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

How to complete this survey?

Please follow the button above to the survey and enter your unique enrolment code to begin. Alternatively please go to https://research.nisra.gov.uk/mes2023/ and enter your unique enrolment code to access the survey. This enrolment code can be found in your Management and Expectations Survey (MES) invitation letter.

Why do we need this data?

The information will be used to further investigate how management practices and uncertainty relate to productivity, as well as gauge businesses expectations of the UK's economic climate in the near future.

Your contribution will help us better understand the productivity challenges faced by businesses in your sector and help inform policymakers.

How to complete this survey online:

You will have received a letter that explains how to complete this survey online.

Please use your unique enrolment code provided in that letter to report your information. If you are having any difficulties enrolling, please email us on mes@ons.gov.uk providing your company name and we'll be happy to assist you.

Survey information:

Selection criteria: Businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay As You Earn (PAYE), trading in the United Kingdom, with employment of 10 or more.

Population: approximately 270,000

Sample size: approximately 53,500

Dispatch date: 22nd November 2023

Return-by date: 20th December 2023

Please note that the dispatch and return-by dates are a guide and might be subject to revision.

How to find out more information:

If your question is not answered on this page, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.

The survey is voluntary, but we appreciate the time taken to complete the questionnaire. Thank you for your continued support.

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