This directory contains UK data sources that include information on micro entrepreneurs, microbusinesses or self-employment. Find out more about the 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...|
|British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA)||Survey data||1983-present||NatCen Social Research||Adults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal)||More...|
|General Lifestyle Survey (GLS)||Survey data||1971-2011||Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics Division||Individuals and households -People aged 16 years and over and household members||More...|
|Life Opportunities Survey||Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort||2009-2012||Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division||People aged 16 and over in private households in Great Britain, comparing the experiences of disabled people with those of nondisabled people||More...|
|Opinions and Lifestyle Survey||Survey data||1990-present||Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division||Adults, aged 16 or over, living in private households in Great Britain.||More...|