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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...
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...
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...