Social surveys remain vital to the work of ONS – but maintaining response rates is a serious issue for statistical agencies worldwide. To preserve their value and relevance surveys must evolve : how they look, how they work and how they are completed. Here Laura Wilson reveals how ONS is taking on the challenge.Read more
Ten lords a leaping, three wise men, two turtle doves. Christmas really is all about stats.
This week Pete Benton, Director of Data Collection at ONS, treated BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright and his afternoon audience to a festive feast of seasonal statistics.Read more
ONS has radical plans to fundamentally update and enhance the way it calculates many of the UK’s key economic statistics. More detailed information about the dominant services sector and more data on smaller firms add up to the biggest overhaul of GDP in a generation, as Rob Kent-Smith reveals.Read more
For the last two years ONS has been assisted in its important work measuring the fast-changing UK economy by its…Read more
This weekend the clocks go forward in the UK as we sacrifice an hour of sleep in the morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. ONS has been exploring the link between how we spend our time and our personal well-being. As Chris Payne happily explains, it’s a case of less work and more play.Read more