Assessment of ONS Labour Market Statistics

We are currently assessing the extent to which the labour market statistics, produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Statistics, with a view to re-affirming their National Statistics status.

This assessment will cover the employment and jobs part of the labour market statistics. It will cover ONS data and outputs from the following sources:

  • Labour Force Survey (LFS)
  • Annual Population Survey (APS)
  • Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)
  • Workforce jobs
  • Vacancy Survey
  • Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES)
  • Labour Disputes Inquiry

It will cover the following statistical bulletins:

This review will not cover statistics on income and earnings. If you have any views on the income and earnings statistics produced by ONS, please send them to the Regulation inbox.

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgement about the statistics, including their strengths and how they could be improved.

We would very much welcome your feedback about these statistics, either by email or telephone. Also, if you think there are other user groups we should be talking to about these statistics, please let us know.

  1. Which of the statistics or datasets do you use, and for what purposes? Please be as specific as possible.
  2. Are the statistics or datasets published at a level of quality that meets your needs in the context of how you want to use them? How clear is the advice from ONS about the strengths and limitations of the statistics?
  3. How clearly are the statistics presented and does the statistical commentary provide helpful insights for you? How could it be improved?
  4. How do you usually access the latest statistics or data, for example, from the ONS website, through the UK Data Archive, or from other media? How could access be improved?
  5. If you have requested additional data or raised queries with the ONS about these statistics, or if the statisticians have sought your views about changes or improvements to the statistics, please tell us how well the statisticians engaged with you.
  6. We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment.
  7. It will be useful for us to share your comments with the ONS to enable them to take account of your views. Please could you tell us whether or not you consent for us to pass your comments and contact details on?

You may send your response via email to the regulation team or, if you would prefer to speak to a member of the assessment team, please contact Catherine Bremner (01633 655420) or Job de Roij (01329 447709). We look forward to receiving your comments by 31st October 2019.