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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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Annual Population Survey (APS)Survey data2004-presentOffice for National Statistics. Social Survey DivisionPersons resident in the UK in private households, and young people living away from the parental home in student halls of residence or similar institutions during term time.More...
British Household Panel SurveySurvey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort1991-2009University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic ResearchIndividuals and households -People aged 16 years and over and household membersMore...
Family Resources SurveySurvey data1993-presentDepartment for Work and Pensions, National Centre for Social Research, Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics DivisionPrivate households in the United KingdomMore...
Flash Eurobarometer Surveys on EntrepreneurshipSurvey data2002-presentEuropean CommissionSelf-employed individualsMore...
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...
Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS)Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort1991-presentNISRA Department of Finance and PersonnelIncludes everyone who has 1 or 104 birthdays, thus forming an approximately 28% sample of the population of Northern Ireland.More...
Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study (ONS LS)Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort1971-presentOffice for National Statistics. Census DivisionIncludes everyone who has one of four birthdays, thus forming an approximately 1% sample of the population of England and Wales.More...
Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS)Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort1991-presentGeneral Register Office for ScotlandIndividuals usually resident on census day in Scotland, whether in private households or communal establishments, and who have one of 20 birthdays.More...
UK Census: Aggregate DataSurvey data: aggregate1971-presentOffice for National Statistics. Census Division, General Register Office for Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research AgencyAll people present in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on census dayMore...
Understanding SocietySurvey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort2009-2013University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research, NatCen Social ResearchIndividuals and households -People aged 16 years and over and household membersMore...
Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS)Survey Data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort2006-2012Office for National Statistics. Social Survey DivisionIndividuals and households - People aged 16 years and over and household members (excluding those aged 16-18 currently in full-time education)More...