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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...
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)Survey data2009-2013Office for National StatisticsBusinesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2009-2013More...
Employer Skills Survey (UKESS)Survey data2011-presentUK Commission for Employment and SkillsAll establishments in the UK in 2013 with two or more people working at them (regardless of whether or not they owned the organisation) were eligible for the survey.More...
Labour Force Survey Two-Quarter Longitudinal Data SeriesSurvey data (Longitudinal/panel/cohort)1994-presentOffice of Population Censuses and Surveys. Social Survey DivisionIndividual: Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59 at any linked quarterMore...
National Employer Skills Survey (NESS)Survey data2007-2009Learning and Skills Council, UK Commission for Employment and SkillsEmployers in England registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2007 - 2009.More...
NI Census of EmploymentSurvey data2009-presentNISRA Department of Finance and PersonnelA statutory enquiry of all non-agricultural business employers in Northern Ireland. Businesses are primarily identified on the basis that they have either a VAT or PAYE registration.More...
Quarterly Economic Survey (QES)Survey data1989-presentThe British Chambers of CommerceMore...
Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS)Survey data: Repeated cross-sectional study1994-presentOffice for National Statistics. Social Survey Division, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Central Survey Unit,Individuals and households - People aged 16 years and over and household membersMore...
Scottish Employer Skills Survey (SESS)Survey data2008-2010Scottish Government. Education Analytical Services DivisionEmployers in Scotland in 2008-2010More...
Small Firms and their EmployeesSurvey data2005-2006Edwards, P.K., University of Warwick. Industrial Relations Research UnitManagers and employees in small firms based in the East and West Midlands, surveyed during 2005-2006More...
The Northern Ireland Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)Survey data2010-presentNISRA Department of Finance and PersonnelA statutory enquiry of employers in Northern Ireland, carried out biennially under the Statistics of Trade and Employment (Northern Ireland)More...
Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS6)Survey data1980-presentDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, National Institute of Economic and Social ResearchStudy based on 3 surveys: The Survey of Managers, The Survey of Worker Representatives, The Survey of Employees across almost every sector of the economy in Great BritainMore...