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|Title:||Annual Population Survey: Well-Being, April 2011 - March 2015: Secure Access|
|Alternative title:||APS; Personal Well-Being; Subjective Well-Being|
|Series:||Annual Population Survey [Annual Population Survey, 2004- : Secure Access]|
|Depositor:||Office for National Statistics. Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML)|
Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Office for National Statistics
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
National Assembly for Wales
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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 of 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 UK Data 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.
APS Well-Being data
Since April 2011, the APS has included questions about personal and subjective well-being. The responses to these questions have been made available as annual sub-sets to the APS Person level files. It is important to note that the size of the achieved sample of the well-being questions within the dataset is approximately 165,000 people. This reduction is due to the well-being questions being only asked of persons aged 16 and above, who gave a personal interview and proxy answers are not accepted. As a result some caution should be used when using analysis of responses to well-being questions at detailed geography areas and also in relation to any other variables where respondent numbers are relatively small. It is recommended that for lower level geography analysis that the variable UACNTY09 is used.
As well as annual datasets, three-year pooled datasets are available. When combining multiple APS datasets together, it is important to account for the rotational design of the APS and ensure that no person appears more than once in the multiple year dataset. This is because the well-being datasets are not designed to be longitudinal e.g. they are not designed to track individuals over time/be used for longitudinal analysis. They are instead cross-sectional, and are designed to use a cross-section of the population to make inferences about the whole population. For this reason, the three-year dataset has been designed to include only a selection of the cases from the individual year APS datasets, chosen in such a way that no individuals are included more than once, and the cases included are approximately equally spread across the three years. Further information is available in the 'Documentation' section below.
Secure Access APS Well-Being data
Secure Access datasets for the APS Well-Being include additional variables not included in either the standard End User Licence (EUL) versions (see under GN 33357) or the Special Licence (SL) access versions (see under GN 33376). Extra variables that typically can be found in the Secure Access version but not in the EUL or SL versions relate to:
APS Well-Being Datasets: Information, July 2016
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, 7566 and 7691, 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
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.
May 2018 Update
Due to a change in the Travel-to-Work Area coding structure from 2001 to 2011, the variable TTWA9D has been relabelled in the pooled data file for 2012-2015.
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.
|Time period:||April 2011 - March 2015|
Government Office Regions
Unitary Authorities (England)
Unitary Authorities (Wales)
Local Education Authorities
Local Learning and Skills Council Areas
Training and Enterprise Councils
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Local Authority Districts
Wards (Census Area Statistics)
Super Output Areas (Lower Layer)
Super Output Areas (Middle Layer)
Travel to Work Areas
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
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, between 2011 and 2015.
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.
Multi-stage stratified random sample
|Number of units:||Approximately 305,000 cases on the annual datasets and 568,000 cases on the three-year pooled datasets|
|Method of data collection:||
Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview
|Weighting:||Weighting used. See documentation for details.|
See the 'Abstract' section above for details of sources used.
|ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT||ADULT EDUCATION||ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||AGE||ANXIETY|
|APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT||APPRENTICESHIP||ARMED FORCES|
|ATTITUDES||BEDROOMS||BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS|
|CARE OF DEPENDANTS||CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES|
|CHILDREN||CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS||COHABITATION|
|DISABLED PERSONS||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND|
|EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES||EDUCATIONAL COURSES||EDUCATIONAL STATUS|
|EMPLOYEES||EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING||EMPLOYMENT HISTORY|
|EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES||EMPLOYMENT SERVICES||EMPLOYMENT|
|ETHNIC GROUPS||FAMILIES||FIELDS OF STUDY|
|FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT||FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||FURTHER EDUCATION|
|GENDER||GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||GENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION|
|GENERAL SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||HAPPINESS||HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD|
|HEALTH||HIGHER EDUCATION||HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA|
|HOURS OF WORK||HOUSEHOLDS||HOUSING TENURE|
|INDUSTRIES||JOB CHANGING||JOB HUNTING|
|LANDLORDS||LEARNING DISABILITIES||LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT|
|MANAGERS||MARITAL STATUS||NATIONAL IDENTITY|
|NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||NATIONALITY||NURSING EDUCATION|
|OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS||OCCUPATIONS||ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||OVERTIME||PART-TIME COURSES|
|PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT||PLACE OF BIRTH||PLACE OF RESIDENCE|
|PRIVATE SECTOR||PUBLIC SECTOR||QUALIFICATIONS|
|REDUNDANCY||RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY|
|ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS||RURAL AREAS||SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION|
|SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS||SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||SELF-EMPLOYED|
|SICK LEAVE||SMOKING||SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS|
|SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENT||SUPERVISORS||SUPERVISORY STATUS|
|TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT||TERMINATION OF SERVICE||TIED HOUSING|
|UNEMPLOYMENT||UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||UNITED KINGDOM|
|UNWAGED WORKERS||URBAN AREAS||VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATES|
|WAGES||WELL-BEING (SOCIETY)||WORKING CONDITIONS|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||11 May 2016|
|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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|National Statistics Postcode Look-up User Guide||7961_nspl_user_guide_2011.pdf||358|
|National Statistics Postcode Look-up Version Notes||7961_nspl_version_notes_may_2011.pdf||245|
|Supplementary Information to Accompany the Three-Year APS/Personal Well-Being Dataset 2011-2014||7961_pwb_2011-14_additional_user_guidance.pdf||190|
|Personal Well-being Survey User Guide: 2012-2013 Dataset||7961_pwb_userguide_2012_13.pdf||1003|
|Personal Well-being Survey User Guide: 2013-2014 Dataset||7961_pwb_userguide_2013_14.pdf||1196|
|Personal Well-being Survey User Guide: 2014-2015||7961_pwb_userguide_2014-15.pdf||1000|
|Personal Well-being in the UK, 2014-2015: Statistical Bulletin||7961_statistical_bulletin_2014-15_.pdf||958|
|Subjective Well-being Survey User Guide: 12 Month Dataset, 2012||7961_swb_userguide_2012.pdf.pdf||821|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary: Annual Datasets||7961_ukda_data_dictionary_annual.pdf||4862|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary: Pooled Datasets||7961_ukda_data_dictionary_pooled.pdf||715|
|User Guide Volume 1 - Background and Methodology, 2011||lfs_vol1_background2011.pdf||1071|
|User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire, 2011||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2011.pdf||926|
|User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire, 2012||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2012.pdf||878|
|User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire, 2013||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2013.pdf||863|
|User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire, 2014||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2014.pdf||2638|
|User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire, 2015||lfs_vol2_questionnaire2015.pdf||1702|
|User Guide Volume 3 - Details of LFS Variables, 2011||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2011.pdf||973|
|User Guide Volume 3 - Details of LFS Variables, 2012||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2012.pdf||955|
|User Guide Volume 3 - Details of LFS Variables, 2013||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2013.pdf||956|
|User Guide Volume 3 - Details of LFS Variables, 2014||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2014.pdf||2151|
|User Guide Volume 3 - Details of LFS Variables, 2015||lfs_vol3_variabledetails2015.pdf||1843|
|User Guide Volume 4 - LFS Standard Derived Variables, 2011||lfs_vol4_derivedvariables2011.pdf||1685|
|User Guide Volume 4 - LFS Standard Derived Variables, 2012||lfs_vol4_derivedvariables2012.pdf||2815|
|User Guide Volume 4 - LFS Standard Derived Variables, 2015||lfs_vol4_derivedvariables2015.pdf||3264|
|User Guide Volume 5 - LFS Classifications, 2009||lfs_vol5_classifications2009.pdf||650|
|User Guide Volume 6 - APS Local Area Data, 2014||lfs_vol6_localareadata2014_aps.pdf||3449|
|User Guide Volume 6 - APS Local Area Data, 2015||lfs_vol6_localareadata2015_aps.pdf||956|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_7961_Information.htm||6|
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 February 21st, 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.
Davies R., Jones, S., Munday, M., Winterbotham, M. and Williams G. (2014) The 2012 ESF Leavers Survey, Welsh European Funding Office, Merthyr. Retrieved October 21, 2014 from http://wales.gov.uk/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.
HM Treasury (September 2015) National Infrastructure Plan for Skills. Retrieved November 4, 2015 from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-plan-for-skills. (Work done with APS data by D. Forbes et al. to derive construction labour coefficients for each of 28 occupational groups. These labour coefficients measure the number of people per £m spent in the construction industry. They were then used to define future potential scenarios for labour demand in the construction industry. The work was carried out on behalf of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which fed into the government report.)
Jones, M.K., Davies, R. and Drinkwater, S. (2016) 'The dynamics of disability and work in Britain', The Manchester School, (used former APS Special Licence data, now Secure Access). doi:10.1111/manc.12177