Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Data Series

General Information

Data type Survey data (Longitudinal/panel/cohort)
Country UK
Years 1994-present
Data depositor Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Principal investigator Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. Social Survey Division
Analysis unit Individual: Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59 at any linked quarter
Spatial unit Government Office Regions Standard Statistical Regions
Sampling method Simple random sample (
Data collection method Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weight New weighting factors have been calculated which adjust for differential attrition in the longitudinal data (
Access UK Data Service
Reference number GN 33315
Cost No
Available documentation
Notes Tracks employment, unemployment and other types of economic inactivity such as self-employment, together with a wide range of related topics such as occupation, training, hours of work and personal characteristics of household members aged 16 years and over. Survey is of household members. The Labour Force Survey is conducted using the same set of guidelines and standards across all EU countries, providing the possibility for comparison between countries in relation to, for example, home-based business.

Variable Information - About the business

Number of employees in business Yes
Legal status of business No
VAT registration status No
Annual turnover No
Type of business Not applicable
Number of clients Yes
Home based Yes
Home-based measurement 1 in your own home, in the same grounds or buildings as your home, in different places using home as a base, or somewhere quite separate from home?
Survey Response items 1 (In your main job) do you work mainly:
Home-based measurement 2 yes, no
Survey Response items 2 Do you ever do any paid or unpaid work at home for your (main) job?

Variable Information - About the owner

Self employed Yes
Employee director No
Employs others Yes
Subcontractor Yes