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United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015

Title details

SN: 8128
Title: United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015
Alternative title: UKTUS; UK Time Diary Study
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8128-1
Series: United Kingdom Time Use Survey [United Kingdom Time Use Survey]
Depositor: Mullan, K., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology. Centre for Time Use Research
Principal investigator(s): Gershuny, J.I., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology. Centre for Time Use Research
Sullivan, O., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology. Centre for Time Use Research
Data collector(s): NatCen Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: ES/L011662/1


The citation for this study is:

Gershuny, J.I., Sullivan, O. (2017). United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8128,

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Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
Gender roles - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
Physical fitness and exercise - Health
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture
Time use - Society and culture
Travel and transport


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The United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015 (UKTUS) is a large-scale household survey that provides data on how people aged 8 years and over in the UK spend their time. At the heart of the survey is a time diary instrument in which respondents record their daily activities. Time diaries record events sequences for prescribed periods, usually a single day. They are an effective means of capturing rich data on how people spend their time, their location throughout the day, and who they spend their time with. The sample was based on households, and household members eight years and over completed time-diaries for one weekday and one weekend day. In addition, those in paid work were asked to complete a weekly work schedule. All individuals who completed a time diary were invited to take part in an interview, and someone in the household was selected to take part in a household interview. These interviews provide additional demographic, economic, and social information about households and individuals.

The UKTUS 2014-15 was designed to be, as far as possible, compatible both with the previous UK Time Use Survey, conducted by ONS in 2000-2001 (see under SN 4504) and with other European time use studies carried out in since 2008 (not currently held at the UK Data Archive). It followed the Eurostat 2008 guidelines on Harmonised European Time Use Studies (HETUS), but was tailored to the needs and requirements of UK users. In particular, specific fields for mobile device use and enjoyment of time were added to the UKTUS 2014-2015 diary. In line with the key aims of the study, all data have been deposited with the UK Data Archive, to be made available for analysis by government and academic users.

Main Topics:
This study provides information about the time use of individuals 8 years and over on a weekday and a weekend day using time-diary instruments. The time-diaries provide information about activities, location, co-presence, the use of computers and mobile devices, and level of enjoyment of time throughout the day. Questionnaire data provides information about characteristics of individuals and households, including employment, education, care, leisure activities and demographic information such as age, gender, marital status, citizenship status and housing.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: April 2014 - December 2015
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Countries
Government Office Regions
Counties (Metropolitan)
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
The sample consists of individuals aged 8 years and over living in households in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. A total of 9,388 individuals in 4,238 households provided 16,553 diary days.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 9,388 individuals in 4,238 households provided 16,553 diary days.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Diaries
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 16 January 2017
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 for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Centre for Time Use Report 8128_ctur_report.pdf 725
NatCen Reports, Questionnaire and Methodology 8128_natcen_reports.pdf 3982
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8128_Information.htm 6
READ File read8128.htm 10
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