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Annual Population Survey Household Dataset, January - December, 2014

Title details

SN: 7818
Title: Annual Population Survey Household Dataset, January - December, 2014
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7818-2
Series: Annual Population Survey [Annual Population Survey Household Datasets, 2006-]
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
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit
Scottish Government


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Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division. (2016). Annual Population Survey Household Dataset, January - December, 2014. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7818,

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Subject Categories

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


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The Annual Population Survey (APS) household datasets are produced annually and are available from 2004 (Special Licence) and 2006 (End User Licence). They allow production of family and household labour market statistics at local areas and for small sub-groups of the population across the UK. The data comprise key variables from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (held at the UK Data Archive under GN 33246) and the APS 'person' datasets (held under GN 33357). The LFS is a quarterly survey of households living at private addresses in the United Kingdom. The APS person datasets are created by combining individuals in waves one and five from four consecutive LFS quarters with the English, Welsh and Scottish Local Labour Force Surveys (LLFS). The APS household datasets therefore contain results from four different sources.

The APS household datasets include all the variables on the LFS and APS person datasets, except for the income variables. They also include key family and household level derived variables. These variables allow for an analysis of the combined economic activity status of the family or household. In addition they also include more detailed geographical, industry, occupation, health and age variables. For information on the APS person datasets, see GNs 33357 and 33376.

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.

For the second edition (September 2016), an updated version of the data file with the 2016 weighting variable was deposited.

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.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: January 2014 - December 2014
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Families/households
Kind of data: Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Private households in the United Kingdom.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Data are produced from the main APS and LFS each year.
Sampling procedures: Sample drawn from main APS and LFS data. See documentation for details.
Number of units: 369,846 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview
Data compiled from households completing the main APS and LFS.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 22 December 2015
Latest edition: 29 September 2016 (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


Title File Name Size (KB)
APS Household Information Sheet aps_hh_information_sheet.pdf 126
LFS User Guide Vol.10 - Analysis of Data Collected by LFS: Which Dataset Should I Use? lfs_user_guide_vol10_analysisofdatacollectedbythelfs.pdf 1418
LFS User Guide Vol.1 - Background and Methodology 2011 lfs_user_guide_vol1_background2011.pdf 957
LFS User Guide Vol.2 - Questionnaire 2014 lfs_user_guide_vol2_questionnaire2014.pdf 2522
LFS User Guide Vol.3 - Variable Details 2015 lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails2015.pdf 1727
LFS User Guide Vol.4 - Standard Derived Variables 2015 lfs_user_guide_vol4_derivedvariables2015.pdf 3156
LFS User Guide Vol.6 - APS User Guide 2015 lfs_user_guide_vol6_apsuserguide2015.pdf 1336
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7818_Information.htm 6
READ File read7818.htm 10


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