UK Data Service series record for:
The Annual Population Survey (APS), which began in 2004, 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), all its associated LFS boosts and the APS boost sample.
GN 33357 | Annual Population Survey, 2004-
GN 33376 | Annual Population Survey: Special Licence Access, 2004-
GN 33390 | Annual Population Survey Household Datasets, 2004- : Special Licence Access
GN 33427 | Annual Population Survey, 2004- : Secure Access
GN 33431 | Annual Population Survey Household Datasets, 2004- : Secure Access
GN 33455 | Annual Population Survey Household Datasets, 2006-
You can find links to the datasets in the DATA ACCESS section above. When you follow the link to a dataset you will be taken to its catalogue record which contains the following information:
Most survey data may be downloaded as SPSS, Stata or tab-delimited files. There is a download button near the top right of each catalogue record. Most datasets can be downloaded after you login to your UK Data Service account. See our Access pages for more information about how to access data.
See our Use data pages for more advice about getting started with analyses. These pages contain advice and training; guides about datasets, topics and methods and software including SPSS and Stata; information about how others have used the data and how to cite datasets. See also our Events pages for courses and webinars about how to find, use and manage data.
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), all its associated LFS boosts and the APS boost. 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.
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. The survey provides estimates for a range of indicators down to Local Education Authority (LEA) and Local Authority District level across the United Kingdom.
The APS is deposited every three months in annual datasets from January-December 2004 onwards (so the second APS dataset is April 2004 – March 2005). For a list of up-to-date datasets, see the DATA ACCESS section on this webpage.
The APS contains data at the individual and household levels and there are both individual and household files available.
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.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available on the catalogue page of each dataset. To find a dataset’s catalogue page, follow the link to the dataset from this page under DATA ACCESS or from the results pages in our database search engine Discover.
Most of the variables remain the same in each year. For more information about particular variables, see the user guides in the Documentation section of the APS catalogue pages.
It is possible to do this but the APS is not designed to be used in this way. There are two main issues: weighting and removing multiple respondents.
Yes, you do need to use weights. See the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey for more about weighting these data.
Reports from the APS and the LFS can be found on the website for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
See our teaching pages for practical information, exemplars, and tips for using UK Data Service data in teaching, including: