Employment and the
labour market introductory user guide
An introductory guide to using the large-scale government surveys for employment
and labour market research. It provides an overview of data sources with hyperlinks
to various documents available on the web.
Analysis of the LFS
An introductory user guide to the statistical package STATA, which uses the
2002 Labour Force Survey to demonstrate STATA functions.
Resources for those working between seasonal and calendar datasets
The LFS moved from Seasonal to Calendar quarters in 2006 and as a result of this process a number of variables have been dropped from the Calendar datasets. More information about this is available from our website. A page which lists each calendar dataset with the corresponding seasonal datasets is also available.
2002 teaching dataset is available (Study Number: 4736). The dataset can
help class tutors to incorporate empirical data into their courses and thus
develop students' skills in quantitative methods of analysis and their knowledge
of large-scale government surveys. Information about the variable derivations
is available as a STATA .do file or a text
Labour Force Survey, June - August, 2005: Ethnicity Teaching Dataset is
We compiled detailed information about variables
that are consistent over time on specific surveys, including the LFS.
with the 2001 Census
We created some look-up
tables to show the comparability between the 2001 Census variables and the variables
available from the large-scale government surveys.
The Labour Force Survey and the Census
both provide information on the labour market within the UK. The differences
between estimates from these sources are examined in this ONS article.
citing the LFS
our index of publications
for the LFS
Some QLFS files are now available
Licence. This special licence version contains the same content as the QLFS
end user file but has additional geographical information at the local authority
level. A list of the variables available in each file is available in this Excel
ONS Online Guide
to Labour Market Statistics
The Online Guide to Labour Market Statistics provides easy to use online access
to an immense range of information about the concepts, sources, methods, data
and publications used for ONS's labour market statistics.
The Labour Market Statistics, January 2013 contains the latest estimates for employment, unemployment, economic inactivity, claimant count, average earnings, labour productivity, vacancies and labour disputes. The estimates are used by a wide range of users, particularly across government and the media, to monitor developments in the labour market.
There is also an ONS Labour Market theme page containing data, publications and guidance and methodology.
UK Data Service JISCmail list
Market Statistics User Group JISCmail list
collection of acronyms used on our website
- The new ethnicity classification in the LFS, Labour Market Trends, December
2002, page 657: PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)
- ONS guide to the classification of ethnic group in the LFS: PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)
- The classification of ethnic groups (archived): HTML (ONS - added 9 November 2011, updated 25 July 2011)
- ONS guide to regional and local labour market statistics:
PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)
- Annual local area LFS data for 2000/01, Labour Market Trends, January 2002:
PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)
- LFS historical supplement 2008: PDF (DETNI - October 2008)
- ONS guidance on the use of LFS micro data pending full re-weighting following
the 2001 Census: PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)
- LFS: regrossing and seasonal adjustment, Labour Market Trends, vol 110, no 5 (archived) : HTML (ONS - added 9 November 2011)
- National Statistics Quality Review Series Report No. 12: Review of the
Labour Force Survey (Released 4 September 2002): Word
(ONS - added 9 November 2011, updated link 29 August 2012)
- Methodological issues in the production and analysis of longitudinal data
from the LFS, GSS Methodology Series, Number 17: PDF (ONS - added 25 August 2011)