The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey (CIS) has cemented itself as a vital source of information on the state of the pandemic in the UK. With the advent of vaccines and a roadmap out of restriction, Deputy Director for the COVID-19 Infection Survey Tina Thomas explains how the scope of the survey is expanding to report on the effectiveness of vaccine programmes -and pays tribute to all those who have taken it this far.Read more on Mapping the next stage of the COVID-19 Infection Survey
Too often we see that data security does not receive the attention it deserves until there is a crisis. At the ONS we are working all year round to ensure the nation’s data is kept safely. In this blog, Alison Pritchard, recaps how the ONS’ security has been able to adapt and improve during the pandemic.Read more on Protecting your Data at ONS during COVID-19
In mid-November 2020, a new variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in the UK. For several weeks afterwards the…Read more on Understanding the ‘UK’ variant: How the ONS is monitoring the new strain of Covid-19.
On Monday we published a short blog on the linkages between the labour market statistics and estimates of population here. But there has also been interest in how our statistics describing the labour market fit together. Here Debra Leaker looks at the different figures the ONS publishes and the picture they paint.Read more on Painting the full picture: what our statistics tell us about the labour market
The pandemic has had such an impact on our everyday lives – movement restrictions, store closures, panic buying and people occupying more time at home have all influenced our spending patterns and consumer behaviour. David Matthewson explains how, for the first time, the ONS will publish credit and debit card transaction data from the Bank of England that will give us more detailed information on how we have been spending our money over the last twelve months.Read more on Nice one CHAPS: how Bank of England card data are telling us more about consumer spending