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Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April 2011 - March 2012

Title details

SN: 7091
Title: Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April 2011 - March 2012
Alternative title: APS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7091-2
Series: Annual Population Survey [Annual Population Survey, 2004-]
Depositor: Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Principal investigator(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey 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

Citation

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Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division. (2014). Annual Population Survey: Subjective Well-Being, April 2011 - March 2012. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7091, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7091-2

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Subject Categories

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

Abstract

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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 Secure Access 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 Secure Access version. The EUL version includes Government Office Region geography, banded age, 3-digit SOC and industry sector for main, second and last job. The Secure Access version contains more detailed variables relating to:
  • age: 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 Secure Access data have more restrictive access conditions than those made available under the standard EUL. Prospective users will need to gain ONS Accredited Researcher status, complete an extra application form and demonstrate to the data owners exactly why they need access to the additional variables. Users are strongly advised to first obtain the standard EUL version of the data to see if they are sufficient for their research requirements.

Documentation and coding frames
The APS is compiled from variables present in the LFS. For variable and value labelling and coding frames that are not included either in the data or in the current APS documentation (e.g. coding frames for education, industrial and geographic variables, which are held in LFS User Guide Vol.5, Classifications), users are advised to consult the latest versions of the LFS User Guides, which are available from the ONS Labour Force Survey - User Guidance webpages.

APS Well-Being Datasets
From 2012-2015, the ONS published separate APS datasets aimed at providing initial estimates of subjective well-being, based on the Integrated Household Survey. In 2015 these were discontinued. A separate set of well-being variables and a corresponding weighting variable have been added to the April-March APS person datasets from A11M12 onwards. Users should no longer use the bespoke well-being datasets (SNs 6994, 6999, 7091, 7092, 7364, 7365, 7565 and 7566, but should now use the variables included on the April-March APS person datasets instead. Further information on the transition can be found on the Personal well-being in the UK: 2015 to 2016

Disability variables from 2013 onwards - LFS and APS
ONS have provided some information on changes since 2013 to the disability variables available on the LFS and APS. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) disabled (current disability) category within the historic DISCURR variable no longer corresponds with the advised legal definition of 'current disability'. DISCURR should only be available on LFS microdata from Spring 1998 to January-March 2013 (JM13); beyond that point users should ignore or delete it. In addition, the same 'DDA disabled (current disability)' category within variable DISCURR13 is also not the most appropriate variable to use because a) it is not comparable to the corresponding category in variable DISCURR due to question changes, and b) it no longer measures either the DDA definition of disability or the latest Equality Act definition of disability. However, DISCURR13 is available from the April-March 2013 quarter (AJ13) onwards and was introduced to demonstrate that the variables used to compile DISCURR had also changed from that quarter. Therefore, users are advised to use the disability variable DISEA from AJ13 onwards, which reflects the Equality Act 2010 legal definition of 'disabled', measured according to the GSS Harmonised Standard on health conditions and illnesses. The harmonised disability variables DISEA and DISCURR13 should both be present on the APS person microdata from April 2013-March 2014 (A13M14) onwards. This ensures that APS users have a complete 12 months' data on which to base analysis of the variables. DISCURR should only be present on APS microdata up to and including April 2012-March 2013 (A12M13).

The SL access version of the APS April 2011 - March 2012 Subjective Well-Being dataset is held under SN 7092.

For the second edition (September 2014) a new version of the case number was added to the data file, 'Case_New'. The new case number has been calculated as described in the Personal Well-being Survey User Guide to incorporate an anonymised household identifier and the original HHld and Person variables to allow household level analysis to be completed. Removing the final four digits of the new anonymised case number will reveal the anonymised household identifier. At present, the previous case number, now renamed 'Case_Old' also remains in the file.

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: April 2011 - March 2012
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
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
Number of units: 149,432 cases
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.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 30 August 2012
Latest edition: 24 September 2014 (2nd Edition)
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. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
APS User Guide 7091userguide.pdf 574
APS EUL File Information aps_end-user_licence_files.pdf 156
LFS User Guide Vol.1 - Methodology (background information) lfs_user_guide_vol1_background2011.pdf 967
LFS User Guide Vol.2 - LFS Questionnaire 2011 (background information) lfs_user_guide_vol2_questionnaire2011.pdf 1062
LFS User Guide Vol.3 - Details of LFS Variables 2011 (background information) lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails2011.pdf 912
LFS User Guide Vol.4 - LFS Standard Derived Variables 2011 (background information) lfs_user_guide_vol4_derivedvariables2011.pdf 1590
APS Subjective Well-Being Survey 12-Month Dataset User Guide subjective_well-being_survey_user_guide_12_month_dataset.pdf 1446
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7091_Information.htm 7
READ File read7091.htm 11
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Resulting from secondary analysis:
The APS has been used by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for their 'Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion' research programme. The 2010 report may be found at http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/monitoring-poverty-2010 and further reports may be found at http://www.poverty.org.uk/.

Davies R. (2012) Secondary analysis of the 2009 and 2010 ESF Leavers Surveys, Merthyr: Welsh European Funding Office. Retrieved January 7, 2016, from http://gov.wales/docs/wefo/report/130607esfsurvey2009-2010furtheranalysisen.pdf

Davies R., Makepeace G., Munday M., Winterbotham, M. and Williams G. (2013) The 2011 ESF Leavers Survey, Merthyr: Welsh European Funding Office. Retrieved January 7, 2016, from http://gov.wales/docs/wefo/report/1306072011esfsurveyreportmainen.pdf

Davies R., Jones S, Munday M., Winterbotham, M. and Williams G. (2013) The 2012 ESF Leavers Survey, Merthyr: Welsh European Funding Office. Retrieved January 7, 2016, from http://gov.wales/docs/wefo/report/140127esfleaverssurvey2012reporten.pdf

Davies R., Jones S., Roche, N., Munday M., Winterbotham, M. and Williams G. (2015) The 2013 ESF Leavers Survey’, Merthyr: Welsh European Funding Office. Retrieved January 7, 2016, from http://gov.wales/docs/wefo/publications/150701the2013esfleaverssurvey.pdf

Singleton, C. (2016) Long-term unemployment and the Great Recession: evidence from UK stocks and flows, University of Edinburgh. Retrieved March 22nd, 2016 from http://www.econ.ed.ac.uk/papers/id273_esedps.pdf

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