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|Title:||Annual Population Survey, January - December, 2008: Special Licence Access|
|Series:||Annual Population Survey [Annual Population Survey: Special Licence Access, 2004-]|
|Depositor:||Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division|
Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics Division
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
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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 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:
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.
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 standard version of the APS January - December, 2008 is held at the UK Data Archive under SN 6280.
For the fourth edition (September 2015) an updated version of the data file was deposited, weighted to 2014 population figures (based on Census 2011). The new weighting variable is PWTA14.
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.
|Dates of fieldwork:||January 2008 - December 2008|
Government Office Regions
Unitary Authorities (England)
|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.
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
|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||ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT||ADULT EDUCATION|
|ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||AGE||AGE|
|APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT||APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT||APPOINTMENT TO JOB|
|APPOINTMENT TO JOB||ATTITUDES||ATTITUDES|
|BONUS PAYMENTS||BONUS PAYMENTS||BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS|
|BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS||BUSINESSES||BUSINESSES|
|CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES||CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES||CARE OF DEPENDANTS|
|CARE OF DEPENDANTS||CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION|
|CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES||CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES||CHILDREN|
|CHILDREN||CHRONIC ILLNESS||CHRONIC ILLNESS|
|CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS||CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS||COHABITATION|
|COHABITATION||CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT||CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT|
|DEBILITATIVE ILLNESS||DEBILITATIVE ILLNESS||DEGREES|
|DIABETES||DIABETES||DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS|
|DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS||DISABILITIES||DISABILITIES|
|DISABLED PERSONS||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY|
|EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES|
|EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES||EDUCATIONAL COURSES||EDUCATIONAL COURSES|
|EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING||EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING||EMPLOYMENT HISTORY|
|EMPLOYMENT HISTORY||EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES||EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES|
|ENDOCRINE DISORDERS||ENDOCRINE DISORDERS||EPILEPSY|
|EPILEPSY||ETHNIC GROUPS||ETHNIC GROUPS|
|FAMILY MEMBERS||FAMILY MEMBERS||FIELDS OF STUDY|
|FIELDS OF STUDY||FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT||FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT|
|FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||FURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||GENDER|
|GENDER||GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION|
|GENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||GENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||GENERAL SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION|
|GENERAL SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD||HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD|
|HEARING IMPAIRMENTS||HIGHER EDUCATION||HIGHER EDUCATION|
|HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||HIGHER NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||HOME BUYING|
|HOME BUYING||HOME OWNERSHIP||HOME OWNERSHIP|
|HOME-BASED WORK||HOURS OF WORK||HOURS OF WORK|
|HOUSING TENURE||HOUSING TENURE||HOUSING|
|JOB CHANGING||JOB CHANGING||JOB HUNTING|
|JOB HUNTING||JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCE||JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCE|
|LEARNING DISABILITIES||LONGTERM UNEMPLOYMENT||MANAGERS|
|MANAGERS||MARITAL STATUS||MARITAL STATUS|
|MENTAL DISORDERS||MENTAL DISORDERS||MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES|
|MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASES||NATIONAL IDENTITY||NATIONAL IDENTITY|
|NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||NATIONALITY|
|NATIONALITY||NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES||NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES|
|OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS||OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS||OCCUPATIONS|
|OCCUPATIONS||ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS|
|ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA||OVERTIME|
|OVERTIME||PART-TIME COURSES||PART-TIME COURSES|
|PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT||PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT||PLACE OF BIRTH|
|PLACE OF RESIDENCE||PLACE OF RESIDENCE||PRIVATE SECTOR|
|PRIVATE SECTOR||PUBLIC SECTOR||PUBLIC SECTOR|
|RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION||RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION||RENTED ACCOMMODATION|
|RENTED ACCOMMODATION||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY|
|RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES||RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES||ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS|
|ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS||SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION||SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION|
|SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS||SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS||SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION|
|SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||SELF-EMPLOYED||SELF-EMPLOYED|
|SHIFT WORK||SICK LEAVE||SICK LEAVE|
|SICK PAY||SICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS||SKIN DISEASES|
|SKIN DISEASES||SOCIAL HOUSING||SOCIAL HOUSING|
|SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS||SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS||SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS|
|SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS||SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS||SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS|
|STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS||STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS||STUDENTS|
|STUDENTS||SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENT||SUBSIDIARY EMPLOYMENT|
|SUPERVISORY STATUS||TAX RELIEF||TAX RELIEF|
|TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT||TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT||TERMINATION OF SERVICE|
|TERMINATION OF SERVICE||TIED HOUSING||TIED HOUSING|
|TRAINING COURSES||TRAINING COURSES||TRAINING|
|UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||UNFURNISHED ACCOMMODATION||UNITED KINGDOM|
|UNITED KINGDOM||UNWAGED WORKERS||VISION IMPAIRMENTS|
|VISION IMPAIRMENTS||VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATES||VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATES|
|WELSH (LANGUAGE)||WORKING CONDITIONS||WORKING CONDITIONS|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||14 September 2009|
|Latest edition:||10 September 2015 (4th 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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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.
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.
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary||6281_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf||2676|
|Annual Population Survey Release Note||aps_release_note.pdf||178|
|LFS User Guide Volume 1 - Background and Methodology 2011||lfs_user_guide_vol1_background2011.pdf||2797|
|LFS User Guide Volume 2 - Questionnaire 2008||lfs_user_guide_vol2_questionnaire2008.pdf||1301|
|LFS User Guide Volume 3 - Variable Details 2015||lfs_user_guide_vol3_variabledetails2015.pdf||3931|
|LFS User Guide Volume 4 - Standard Derived Variables 2015||lfs_user_guide_vol4_derivedvariables2015.pdf||8603|
|LFS User Guide Volume 6 - APS User Guide 2015||lfs_user_guide_vol6_apsuserguide2015.pdf||2068|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_6281_Information.htm||7|
By principal investigator(s):
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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.)