Annual Business Survey (ABS)

General Information

Data type Survey data and administrative data
Country UK
Years 2008-2013
Data depositor Office for National Statistics
Principal investigator Office for National Statistics
Analysis unit Businesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2008-2013
Spatial unit CountriesPostcode (Unit)Wards (Electoral)Westminster Parliamentary ConstituenciesNUTS-I AreasNUTS-II AreasNUTS-III AreasNUTS-V AreasLocal Authority DistrictsCountiesRegions
Sampling method One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Data collection method Postal survey
Weight Yes
Access UK Data Service
Reference number SN 7451
Cost No
Available documentation
Notes The population for this survey, from which a sample of approximately 47k-49k businesses are surveyed annually, is comprised of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses. Few micro-businesses are therefore likely to be included.

Variable Information - About the business

Number of employees in business No
Legal status of business Yes
VAT registration status Yes
Annual turnover Yes
Type of business Registered for VAT and/or PAYE
Number of clients No
Home based No
Home-based measurement 1
Survey Response items 1
Home-based measurement 2
Survey Response items 2

Variable Information - About the owner

Self employed No
Employee director No
Employs others No
Subcontractor No