The devil is in the detail: where to include gold and crypto-currencies in our statistics

A Pile o bitcoins

In recent years there has been a debate raging about what should be included within trade flows and what should not. As well as the ongoing discussion around flows in the gold market, recently the spotlight has turned to whether crypto currencies, such as Bitcoin, should be included within headline trade figures. Richard Heys explains where the ONS sits in this debate.

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How has UK construction performed over the pandemic?

Building site

Despite the increasing digitalisation of the economy, the construction sector remains as a central part of economy, providing homes, infrastructure and much employment. In this post John Allcoat surveys the recent drivers of output, new orders and productivity and the challenges currently facing the sector.  

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Vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 – What can the COVID-19 Infection Survey tell us?

As well as providing estimates on infection levels and antibodies, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey (CIS) collects information from participants on their vaccination status, providing some insight into vaccine effectiveness on variants, including Delta.

Our monthly visits to the same participants over an extended period allow us to see who becomes infected over time. Sarah Crofts explains more about our work on vaccine effectiveness:

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