The ONS is transitioning to better methods of data collection fit for the digital age. The changes in progress mean some temporary disruption as traditional surveys are updated or replaced. In this post Darren Morgan explains how we are adapting our approach to maintain the accuracy of our key labour market statistics during this transitional phase.Read more on Creating the best picture of changes in the labour market – an update
The data gathered by large economic surveys remain a vital component of many key Office for National Statistics figures, especially those on the labour market. Maintaining good survey response rates is a challenge faced by national statistical institutes worldwide. In this post Darren Morgan sets out how the ONS is addressing this issue and tapping alternative sources for the important information we need.Read more on How the ONS creates a full picture of changes in the labour market
The number of people who give long-term sickness as their main reason for not being able to work has been on the rise. Here Darren Morgan looks in a little more detail at this phenomenon.Read more on ‘Too Ill to Work’: A deeper look at what the figures show
In times when the economy appears to be slowing, commentators will inevitably debate whether or not it is moving into ‘recession’. There is, however, no official definition of a recession and the one most commonly used has the potential to be misleading. In this post Darren Morgan reveals why in official statistics the ONS tends to avoid using the ‘r’ word.Read more on Uncertainty and the ‘r’ word: What exactly is a ‘recession’?
The Labour Force Survey has for many years been the cornerstone of ONS statistics on UK employment. While now complemented by other, often faster sources of information like real-time PAYE data, it remains the richest source of data on many aspects of the world of work and wider society. Darren Morgan discusses the challenges this survey faced during the pandemic and how we now plan to transform it.Read more on Making everybody count: How we’re transforming the Labour Force Survey