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 http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7451&type=Data%20catalogue
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