It’s indestructible – but can we always believe in (the UK trade figures with the disaggregated effect of the international trade in non-monetary) GOLD?

Gold, in addition to being a hit song by Spandau Ballet, is widely used as a store of value. London is one of the global centres of trading in this commodity, meaning it is an important business for the UK. For many countries the effect of gold on their trade figures is small, but the prominence of the industry in London means it can have a sizeable impact on the UK’s trade figures.

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Making an impact with Apprenticeships at ONS

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and this year more than one hundred ONS apprentices are learning valuable skills in a whole range of disciplines. Here Alex Lardner shows why it’s a brilliant way to start a career in a fascinating organisation.    

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Building on firm foundations: Using new data sources to transform construction statistics

The Office for National Statistics is increasingly looking to harness alternative data sources from both Government and the private sector, to improve the quality of statistics and reduce the burden for firms needing to filling out questionnaires. Here John Allcoat explains how we regained national statistics status for our statistics by using a wider set of private sector data sources to help us improve our estimates of the construction industry.

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