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UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2008: Special Licence Access

Title details

SN: 6281
Title: Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2008: Special Licence Access
Alternative title: APS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6281-2
Series: Annual Population Survey [Annual Population Survey: Special Licence Access, 2004-]
Depositor: Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Principal investigator(s): Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics Division
Sponsor(s): Office for National Statistics
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Education and Skills
National Assembly for Wales
Scottish Government
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit

Subject Categories

General - Employment and labour
Population studies - Population, vital statistics and censuses

Abstract

The Annual Population Survey (APS) is a major survey series, which aims to provide data that can produce reliable estimates at local authority level. Key topics covered in the survey include education, employment, health and ethnicity. The APS comprises key variables from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (held at the UK Data Archive under GN 33246), all its associated LFS boosts and the APS boost. Thus, the APS combines results from five different sources: the LFS (waves 1 and 5); the English Local Labour Force Survey (LLFS), the Welsh Labour Force Survey (WLFS), the Scottish Labour Force Survey (SLFS) and the Annual Population Survey Boost Sample (APS(B) - however, this ceased to exist at the end of December 2005, so APS data from January 2006 onwards will contain all the above data apart from APS(B)). Users should note that the LLFS, WLFS, SLFS and APS(B) are not held separately at the Archive. For further detailed information about methodology, users should consult the Labour Force Survey User Guide, selected volumes of which have been included with the APS documentation for reference purposes (see 'Documentation' table below).

The APS aims to provide enhanced annual data for England, covering a target sample of at least 510 economically active persons for each Unitary Authority (UA)/Local Authority District (LAD) and at least 450 in each Greater London Borough. In combination with local LFS boost samples such as the WLFS and SLFS, the survey provides estimates for a range of indicators down to Local Education Authority (LEA) level across the United Kingdom.

End User Licence and Special Licence APS data
Users should note that there are two versions of each APS dataset. One is available under the standard End User Licence (EUL) agreement, and the other is a Special Licence (SL) version. The SL version contains more detailed variables relating to:
  • age: including single year of age, year and month of birth, age completed full-time education and age obtained highest qualification, age of oldest dependent child and age of youngest dependent child
  • family unit and household: including a number of variables concerning the number of dependent children in the family according to their ages, relationship to head of household and relationship to head of family
  • nationality and country of origin
  • geography: including county, unitary/local authority, place of work, Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 2 (NUTS2) and NUTS3 regions, and whether lives and works in same local authority district
  • health: including main health problem, and current and past health problems
  • education and apprenticeship: including numbers and subjects of various qualifications and variables concerning apprenticeships
  • industry: including industry, industry class and industry group for main, second and last job, and industry made redundant from
  • occupation: including 4-digit Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for main, second and last job and job made redundant from
  • system variables: including week number when interview took place and number of households at address
The EUL version contains less detailed variables. For example, the lowest geography is Government Office Region, only banded age is available, only 3-digit SOC is available for main, second and last job, and only industry division for main, second and last job. Users are advised to first obtain the standard EUL version of the data to see if they are sufficient for the research requirements.

The SL data have more restrictive access conditions than those made available under the standard EUL. Prospective users of the SL version will need to complete an extra application form and demonstrate to the data owners exactly why they need access to the additional variables in order to get permission to use that version. Therefore, users are strongly advised to order the standard version of the data. In order to help users choose the correct dataset, 'Special Licence Access' has been added to the dataset titles for the SL versions of the data.

APS Subjective Well-Being Datasets
During 2012, the ONS published APS data aimed at providing initial estimates of subjective well-being. These data are currently considered experimental statistics, published at an early stage to involve users as they undergo further testing and development. Further information about this initiative may be found on the ONS Measuring Subjective Well-being in the UK webpage.

SPSS syntax code to recode pre-2009 geographic variables
The Archive holds SPSS syntax code that can be used with pre-2009 LFS and APS Special Licence Access datasets to recode Local Authority/Unitary Authority (UA/LA) geographic variables into the new UA/LA classification areas used after the 2009 local government reorganisation, when nine new UAs were created. This syntax is referenced in Volume 3 (current Variable Details) of the LFS User Guide (page 42 in the 2013 edition, page 47 in the 2011 edition). The code is held under SN 7384, Quarterly Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey: Local Authority/Unitary Authority Pre-2009 Syntax. While the data files are subject to Special Licence Access, the syntax file is subject to standard End User Licence (EUL) access conditions, as it does not contain any data, only SPSS command syntax code.

The standard version of the APS January - December, 2008 is held at the UK Data Archive under SN 6280.

For the third edition (January 2012), the data have been weighted to 2010 population figures. The new weighting variable is PWTA10 (APS Person weight) accordingly. In addition, variables crydeg, nomis, nvqsvq and wkag1664 have been removed, and variable gb added.
Main Topics:
Topics covered include: household composition and relationships, housing tenure, nationality, ethnicity and residential history, employment and training (including government schemes), workplace and location, job hunting, educational background and qualifications. Many of the variables included in the survey are the same as those in the LFS.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: January 2008 - December 2008
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Unitary Authorities (England)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Persons resident in the UK in private households, and young people living away from the parental home in student halls of residence or similar institutions during term time.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
The survey has a panel element, in that the households at selected addresses are interviewed annually over four waves, in the same way as for the LFS boosts. They then leave the survey and are replaced by other households.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.
Data sources: See the 'Abstract' section above for details of sources used.

Keywords

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTADULT EDUCATIONADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS
ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONSAGEAPPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT
APPOINTMENT TO JOBATTITUDESBONUS PAYMENTS
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDSBUSINESSESCARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
CARE OF DEPENDANTSCERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATIONCERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES
CHILDRENCHRONIC ILLNESSCITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS
COHABITATIONCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DEGREESDEPRESSIONDIABETES
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERSDISABILITIESDISABLED PERSONS
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES
EDUCATIONAL COURSESEDUCATIONAL STATUSEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAININGEMPLOYMENTEMPLOYMENT HISTORY
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEMPLOYMENT SERVICESENDOCRINE DISORDERS
EPILEPSYETHNIC GROUPSFAMILIES
FAMILY BENEFITSFAMILY MEMBERSFIELDS OF STUDY
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTFURNISHED ACCOMMODATIONGENDER
GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATIONGENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONGENERAL SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
HEADS OF HOUSEHOLDHEALTHHEARING IMPAIRMENTS
HIGHER EDUCATIONHIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMAHOME BUYING
HOME OWNERSHIPHOME-BASED WORKHOURS OF WORK
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSINGHOUSING BENEFITS
HOUSING TENUREINCOMEINCOME-RELATED BENEFITS
INDUSTRIESJOB CHANGINGJOB HUNTING
JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCELANDLORDSLEARNING DISABILITIES
LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENTMANAGERSMARITAL STATUS
MENTAL DISORDERSMUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASESNATIONAL IDENTITY
NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONNATIONALITYNERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES
OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSOCCUPATIONSORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS
ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMAOVERTIMEPART-TIME COURSES
PART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPLACE OF BIRTHPLACE OF RESIDENCE
PRIVATE SECTORPUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONS
RECREATIONAL EDUCATIONRECRUITMENTREDUNDANCY
REDUNDANCY PAYRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRENTED ACCOMMODATION
RESIDENTIAL MOBILITYRESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASESROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS
SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATIONSCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDSSCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
SELF-EMPLOYEDSHIFT WORKSICK LEAVE
SICK PAYSICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITSSKIN DISEASES
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS
SPEECH IMPAIRMENTSSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONSSTUDENTS
SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENTSUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUS
TAX RELIEFTEMPORARY EMPLOYMENTTERMINATION OF SERVICE
TIED HOUSINGTRAININGTRAINING COURSES
UNEMPLOYEDUNEMPLOYMENTUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATIONUNITED KINGDOMUNWAGED WORKERS
VISION IMPAIRMENTSVOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATESWAGES
WELSH (LANGUAGE)WORKING CONDITIONSWORKPLACE

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 14 September 2009
Latest edition: 25 January 2012 (Edition Number 3)
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions of access for further information.

In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.
Available to UK applicants only.

Please note:
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them. Any registered user requiring access to these data will have to be accredited by the UK Statistics Authority as an Approved Researcher.

To apply for accreditation a user will need to complete forms that will require: (i) evidence that he/she is a fit and proper person and details about the purpose of the research; (ii) an online order for the data; (iii) a signed declaration that he/she understands the confidentiality obligations owed to those data including its physical security.

The evidence to be adduced will include previous research projects and publications. New users may need to provide the contact details of a senior member of staff who can vouch for them. The research purpose form will ask for information about the intended use of the data, a justification for access and planned outputs.

Users who obtain access to these data are required to read and follow the guide,Microdata handling and security: guide to good practice.

To apply for access, users should use the Download/Order link on this page and will be directed to the relevant forms as part of the ordering process.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
APS User Guide (2005) 6281userguide.pdf 544
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 6281_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 3624
LFS Questionnaire changes (for reference) lfs_2008_questionnaire_changes.pdf 160
User Guide Vol.1 Background and Methodology lfs_vol1_background2009.pdf 1912
User Guide Vol.2 - Questionnaire 2009 lfs_vol2_questionnaire2008.pdf 1297
User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 2009 lfs_vol3_variabledetails2009.pdf 1154
User Guide Vol.4 - Standard Derived Variables lfs_vol4_derivedvariables2009.pdf 1741
Postcode Directory User Guide - May 2009 nspd_user_guide_may_2009.pdf 708
Postcode Directory Version Notes - May 2009 nspd_version_notes_may_2009.pdf 344
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6281_Information.htm 31
READ File read6281.htm 11

Related studies:

Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2004: Special Licence Access (SN 5220)
Annual Population Survey, April 2004 - March 2005: Special Licence Access (SN 5257)
Annual Population Survey, July 2004 - June 2005: Special Licence Access (SN 5377)
Annual Population Survey, October 2004 - September 2005: Special Licence Access (SN 5379)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2005: Special Licence Access (SN 5396)
Annual Population Survey, April 2005 - March 2006: Special Licence Access (SN 5503)
Annual Population Survey, July 2005 - June 2006: Special Licence Access (SN 5572)
Annual Population Survey, October 2005 - September 2006: Special Licence Access (SN 5626)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2006: Special Licence Access (SN 5686)
Annual Population Survey, April 2006 - March 2007: Special Licence Access (SN 5737)
Annual Population Survey, July 2006 - June 2007: Special Licence Access (SN 5782)
Annual Population Survey, October 2006 - September 2007: Special Licence Access (SN 5814)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2007: Special Licence Access (SN 5990)
Annual Population Survey, April 2007 - March 2008: Special Licence Access (SN 6040)
Annual Population Survey, July 2007 - June 2008: Special Licence Access (SN 6094)
Annual Population Survey, October 2007 - September 2008: Special Licence Access (SN 6170)
Annual Population Survey, April 2008 - March 2009: Special Licence Access (SN 6311)
Annual Population Survey, July 2008 - June 2009: Special Licence Access (SN 6365)
Annual Population Survey, October 2008 - September 2009: Special Licence Access (SN 6423)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2009: Special Licence Access (SN 6515)
Annual Population Survey, April 2009 - March 2010: Special Licence Access (SN 6588)
Annual Population Survey, July 2009 - June 2010: Special Licence Access (SN 6657)
Annual Population Survey, October 2009 - September 2010: Special Licence Access (SN 6755)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2010: Special Licence Access (SN 6810)
Annual Population Survey, April 2010 - March 2011: Special Licence Access (SN 6897)
Annual Population Survey, July 2010 - June 2011: Special Licence Access (SN 6950)
Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April - September, 2011: Special Licence Access (SN 6999)
Annual Population Survey, October 2010 - September 2011: Special Licence Access (SN 7004)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2011: Special Licence Access (SN 7060)
Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April 2011 - March 2012: Special Licence Access (SN 7092)
Annual Population Survey, July 2011 - June 2012: Special Licence Access (SN 7149)
Annual Population Survey, April 2011 - March 2012: Special Licence Access (SN 7173)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2012: Special Licence Access (SN 7275)
Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April 2012 - March 2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7365)
Annual Population Survey, July 2012 - June 2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7398)
Annual Population Survey, October 2011 - September 2012: Special Licence Access (SN 7413)
Annual Population Survey, October 2012 - September 2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7444)
Annual Population Survey, April 2012 - March 2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7508)
Annual Population Survey, April 2013 - March 2014: Special Licence Access (SN 7522)
Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2013: Special Licence Access (SN 7537)
Quarterly Labour Force Survey and Annual Population Survey: Local Authority/Unitary Authority Pre-2009 Syntax (SN 7384)

Publications

By principal investigator(s):

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Data Management and Analysis Group (2006) Parents and work in London, DMAG Briefing 2006/6, London: Greater London Authority.

Data Management and Analysis Group (2006) Women and the labour market in London: key facts, DMAG Briefing 2006/33, London: Greater London Authority.

Data Management and Analysis Group (2007) Disabled people and the labour market in London: key facts, DMAG Briefing 2007/05, London: Greater London Authority.
Data Management and Analysis Group (2007) A profile of Londoners by housing tenure: analysis of Annual Population Survey and Labour Force Survey data, DMAG Briefing 2007/17, London: Greater London Authority.

Winters, G., Moloney, R. and Rowland, S. (2010) Sector skills assessment for the freight logistics and wholesale sector: UK report, Milton Keynes: Skills for Logistics.

Winters, G., Moloney, R. and Rowland, S. (2010) Sector skills assessment for the freight logistics and wholesale sector: England report, Milton Keynes: Skills for Logistics.

Winters, G., Moloney, R. and Rowland, S. (2010) Sector skills assessment for the freight logistics and wholesale sector: Scotland report, Milton Keynes: Skills for Logistics.

Winters, G., Moloney, R. and Rowland, S. (2010)Sector skills assessment for the freight logistics and wholesale sector: Wales report, Milton Keynes: Skills for Logistics.

Winters, G., Moloney, R. and Rowland, S. (2010) Sector skills assessment for the freight logistics and wholesale sector: Northern Ireland report, Milton Keynes: Skills for Logistics.

Experian/Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (2010) Unlocking the potential of the BME population: methodology report, Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Experian/Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (2010) Unlocking the potential of the BME population: final report, Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Piggott, G. (2010) Focus on London: labour market: beyond the headlines, London: Greater London Authority. ISBN 978-1-848781-174-5.

Walker, R. (2010) Intelligence Briefing 2010-08 - Disabled people and the labour market in London, 2009, London: Greater London Authority. ISSN 1479-7879.

Smart, E. (2010) Working Paper 43: Submission to the Hutton Review, review of fair pay in the public sector, London: Greater London Authority. ISBN 978-1-84781-391-6. Retrieved January 10th, 2011, from: http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/GLAE-wp-43.pdf

Beatty, C., Gore, T. and Powell, R. (2010) Participation of Women in the Labour Market in Leicester, Sheffield: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. Retrieved July 11th, 2011, from: http://www.shu.ac.uk/_assets/pdf/women-in-the-labour-market.pdf.

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