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|Title:||Annual Business Survey, 2008-2016: Secure Access|
|Depositor:||Office for National Statistics|
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.The Annual Business Survey (ABS) is an annual survey of businesses covering the production, construction, distribution and service industries, which represents about two-thirds of the UK economy in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA).
Every year, ABS questionnaires are sent by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to around 62,000 businesses in Great Britain, and by the Department for Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland (DFPNI) to around 9,000 businesses in Northern Ireland. Data for Northern Ireland are not available from the UK Data Archive.
The ABS is the largest business survey conducted by the ONS in terms of the combined number of respondents and variables it covers (62,000 questionnaires despatched in Great Britain, with around 600 different questions asked). It is the key resource for understanding the detailed structure and performance of businesses across the UK, and is a large contributor of business information to the UK National Accounts.
ABS provides a number of high-level indicators of economic activity such as the total value of sales and work completed by businesses, the value of purchases of goods, materials and services, stocks, capital expenditure, and total employment costs.
The contribution of different industries to the overall value of economic activity can be assessed and, although estimates of employment from each company are not now collected at the same time, by combining ABS with employment information from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) it is also possible to get a measure of value added and costs per head to allow better comparison between industrial sectors of different sizes. The indicators in the ABS publications are collected and presented as monetary values or counts, for example, approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA), numbers of enterprises. They are essentially a snapshot of UK business activity, and can be used to understand the level of the contributions to the UK economy from different sectors of the economy at any one time.
The ABS replaced the Annual Business Inquiry, Part 2 (ABI/2) in 2009, although ABS data are available for 2008. The BRES replaced the Annual Business Inquiry, Part 1 (ABI/1) in 2009. The BRES data for 2009 onwards are held separately under UK Data Archive SN 7463. ABI/1 and ABI/2 data for 2008 and earlier are held under UK Data Archive SN 6644, Annual Respondents Database: Secure Access (ARD). Researchers who are applying for access to the ABS and who also require data prior to 2008 are recommended to also apply for the ARD data under SN 6644.
Linking to other business studies
These data contain Inter-Departmental Business Register reference numbers. These are anonymous but unique reference numbers assigned to business organisations. Their inclusion allows researchers to combine different business survey sources together. Researchers may consider applying for other business data to assist their research.
Latest edition information
For the ninth edition (January 2018), provisional data for 2016 have been added, along with regional data for 2008 to 2015. A variable catalogue covering the new regional data has also been added.
The Annual Business Survey data include 3 files for each year of the survey:
|Time period:||2008 - 2016|
Government Office Regions
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Local Authority Districts
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Businesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2008-2016.
Repeated cross-sectional study
One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
all large businesses surveyed; subsets of medium and small businesses sampled; survey population stratified by SIC(2007), employment and country
|Number of units:||Approximately 47,000 - 49,000 businesses|
|Method of data collection:||
|Weighting:||Weighting used. See documentation for details|
|ECONOMIC VALUE||ELECTRONIC COMMERCE||EMPLOYEES|
|EXPORTS AND IMPORTS||GREAT BRITAIN||GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT|
|HOTEL AND CATERING INDUSTRY||IMPORT TAXES||INCOME|
|INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION||INDUSTRIES||INSURANCE CLAIMS|
|INSURANCE PREMIUMS||INTEREST (FINANCE)||INVENTORIES|
|INVESTMENT||MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES||MOTOR INDUSTRY|
|PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS||PRODUCTIVITY||PROPERTY, OWNERSHIP AND TENURE|
|PURCHASING||REDUNDANCY PAY||RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT|
|RETAIL TRADE||ROAD TAX||ROYALTIES|
|RURAL INDUSTRIES||SERVICE INDUSTRIES||SHARES|
|WAGES||WASTE DISPOSAL AND HANDLING||WHOLESALE TRADE|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||13 February 2014|
|Latest edition:||17 January 2018 (9th Edition)|
|Copyright:||Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland|
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|ABS: Regional Variable Catalogue, 2008-2015||7451_abs_regional_vc.xls||82|
|ABS: Variable Catalogue, 2008-2014||7451_abs_variable_catalogue.xls||141|
|ABS: Question Codes and Variable Derivations, 2006-2014||7451_question_codes_and_derivations_2014.xlsx||168|
|ABS: Guidance and Methodology Information||7451_guidance_and_methodology.pdf||2772|
|ABS: Latest ONS Publications||7451_latest_ons_publications.pdf||3065|
|ABS: Metadata Information||7451_metadata_information.pdf||1520|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2008||7451_questionnaires_2008.pdf||1917|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2009||7451_questionnaires_2009.pdf||1957|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2010||7451_questionnaires_2010.pdf||2992|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2011||7451_questionnaires_2011.pdf||3275|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2012||7451_questionnaires_2012.pdf||3006|
|ABS: Questionnaires, 2013||7451_questionnaires_2013.pdf||2868|
|ABS: Microdata User Guide||7451_short_user_guide_to_abs_micro-data.pdf||336|
|ABS: Technical Reports||7451_technical_reports.pdf||2239|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary -2008-2016||7451_ukda_data_dictionary_2008_2016.pdf||1831|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary - Regional Data Files||7451_ukda_data_dictionary_regional.pdf||803|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_7451_Information.htm||6|
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