Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS)

General Information

Data type Survey Data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Country Great Britain
Years 2006-2012
Data depositor Office for National Statistics
Principal investigator Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Analysis unit Individuals and households - People aged 16 years and over and household members (excluding those aged 16-18 currently in full-time education)
Spatial unit CountriesGovernment Office RegionsLocal Authority DistrictsLocal Education AuthoritiesOutput AreasPostcode (Unit) [anonymised]Super Output Areas (Lower Layer)Super Output Areas (Middle Layer)Wards (Electoral)Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Sampling method Multi-stage stratified random sample
Data collection method Face-to-face interview
Weight Yes
Access UK Data Service
Reference number SN 7215
Cost No
Available documentation http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=6709&type=data%20catalogue
Notes The WAS aims to address gaps identified in data about the economic well-being of households by gathering information on, among others, level of assets, savings and debt; saving for retirement; how wealth is distributed among households or individuals; and factors that affect financial planning. As such, it includes some information on businesses run from a particular household.

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 specified
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 Yes
Employee director Yes
Employs others Yes
Subcontractor No