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This directory contains UK data sources that include information on micro entrepreneurs, microbusinesses or self-employment. Find out more about theĀ Directory of Micro Data Sources.

In addition to the datasets that can be searched for through this section of the portal, the UK’s Office for National Statistics also provides the Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML). The VML provides access to the microdata used to produce many of ONS’ aggregate datasets.

Researchers researching microbusiness may find accessing some of the VML’s micro-datasets particularly useful, since it allows for, for example, the creation of control groups against which to compare microbusinesses with other types of business, or with each other. For example, the Business Structure Database microdata can be accessed through the VML and contains some microbusinesses, albeit the bulk of the businesses included are those registered for VAT, which many microbusinesses will not be.

Information regarding the Virtual Microdata Laboratory can be found by visiting relevant pages on ONS’ website.

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Study / Data source title Data type Years Principal investigator Analysis unit More...
Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort1997-2013Office for National StatisticsWorking individuals aged from 16 years residing and working in the UK in 1997-2013.More...
Living Costs and Food SurveySurvey data2001-presentOffice for National Statistics, Department for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsHouseholds in the United Kingdom, with the household reference person typically responding on behalf of the household as a wholeMore...
New Earnings Survey (NES)Survey data1986-2002Office for National StatisticsWorking individuals aged from 16 years residing and working in Great Britain in 1986-2002More...