Consultation Hub

Welcome to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Consultation Hub. This site will help you find, share and participate in our consultations. This is your chance to help us produce better statistics for better decisions.
 
You can find details of consultations held before November 2016 on our website.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We invited views on our initial proposed design of 2021 Census outputs and the dissemination channels for England and Wales.

The consultation covered all aspects of 2021 Census outputs. This included our plans for a flexible dissemination system to access the majority of census data, and the approach for statistical disclosure control for 2021 Census outputs. We also informed users of our plans for specialist products (including microdata and origin-destination products), geography and the use of administrative data to improve and supplement outputs.

We consulted with users to:

  • obtain feedback on our proposed design and method of dissemination for 2021 Census data
  • help us prioritise our future research and development of 2021 Census outputs
  • inform the order in which we release our products after 2021 Census
  • understand user requirements for a variety of census products

Gofynnon ni

Gwnaethom wahodd barn ar ein cynllun arfaethedig cychwynnol ar gyfer allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021 a'r sianeli lledaenu ar gyfer Cymru a Lloegr.

Roedd yr ymgynghoriad yn cwmpasu pob agwedd ar allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021, gan gynnwys ein cynlluniau ar gyfer system ledaenu hyblyg i gael gafael ar y mwyafrif o ddata'r cyfrifiad, a'r dull rheoli datgelu ystadegol ar gyfer allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021. Gwnaethom hefyd roi gwybod i ddefnyddwyr am ein cynlluniau ar gyfer cynhyrchion arbenigol (gan gynnwys microdata a chynhyrchion tarddiad-cyrchfan), daearyddiaeth a defnyddio data gweinyddol i wella allbynnau a'u hategu.

Gwnaethom ymgynghori â defnyddwyr er mwyn:

  • cael adborth ar ein cynllun a'n dull lledaenu arfaethedig ar gyfer data Cyfrifiad 2021
  • ein helpu i flaenoriaethu ein hymchwil a'n gwaith o ddatblygu allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021 yn y dyfodol
  • pennu ym mha drefn y byddwn yn rhyddhau ein cynhyrchion ar ôl Cyfrifiad 2021
  • deall gofynion defnyddwyr ar gyfer amrywiaeth o gynhyrchion y cyfrifiad

You Said

We received 196 responses to the consultation, with more than half of these from local authorities.

Overall, users agreed with our proposed output content and approach for disseminating 2021 Census data.

Users told us:

  • they support our strategy to disseminate census data using a flexible dissemination system, and the associated statistical disclosure control approach
  • there is a need to obtain census data from a single point of access and have an option for downloading large volumes of data through an Application Programming Interface (API)
  • there is a clear need for receiving data about income derived from administrative data sources, especially at lower geographies to help users with analysis and service delivery
  • there is an overwhelming need for timely and accessible origin-destination data

Dywedoch Chi

Cawsom 196 o ymatebion i'r ymgynghoriad, gyda mwy na hanner oddi wrth awdurdodau lleol.

Ar y cyfan, roedd defnyddwyr yn cytuno â'n cynnwys allbynnau arfaethedig, ynghyd â'n dull o ledaenu data Cyfrifiad 2021.

Dywedodd defnyddwyr y canlynol wrthym:

  • maent yn cefnogi ein strategaeth i ledaenu data'r cyfrifiad gan ddefnyddio system ledaenu hyblyg a'r dull cysylltiedig o reoli datgelu ystadegol
  • mae angen cael data'r cyfrifiad o un pwynt mynediad a gallu lawrlwytho symiau mawr o ddata drwy Ryngwyneb Rhaglennu Cymwysiadau (API)
  • mae angen clir i gael data ar incwm sy'n deillio o ffynonellau data gweinyddol, yn enwedig ar lefelau daearyddol isel er mwyn helpu defnyddwyr i ddadansoddi a darparu gwasanaethau
  • mae angen sylweddol am ddata tarddiad-cyrchfan amserol a hygyrch

We Did

We intend to:

  • continue to develop the products we outlined in the consultation
  • adopt the flexible dissemination system for census outputs and utilise its benefits beyond census and for other datasets
  • aim for a fully functioning flexible dissemination system to be available before census day to allow user familiarisation with the interface
  • continue to develop the statistical disclosure control methods and seek external assurance of our methods
  • continue to closely engage with users throughout the duration of the design and dissemination of outputs

Gwnelon ni

Rydym yn bwriadu gwneud y canlynol:

  • parhau i ddatblygu'r cynhyrchion a amlinellwyd yn ein hymgynghoriad
  • mabwysiadu'r system ledaenu hyblyg ar gyfer allbynnau'r cyfrifiad a manteisio arni y tu hwnt i'r cyfrifiad ac ar gyfer setiau data eraill
  • anelu at gyflwyno system ledaenu hyblyg gwbl weithredol a fydd ar gael cyn diwrnod y cyfrifiad er mwyn galluogi defnyddwyr i ymgyfarwyddo â'r rhyngwyneb
  • parhau i ddatblygu'r dulliau rheoli datgelu ystadegol a cheisio sicrwydd allanol ynghylch ein dulliau
  • parhau i weithio'n agos gyda defnyddwyr drwy gydol y gwaith o gynllunio a lledaenu allbynnau

We Asked

This is the third consecutive year that ONS has published the Economic Statistics and Analysis Strategy (ESAS) for consultation. We sought your views on our priorities for Economic Statistics in 2018/19, and to feedback if they are consistent with their requirements. We are committed to review and annually update the strategy to reflect changing needs and priorities, to give a clear prioritisation of our development of economic statistics

 

 

You Said

We received feedback from a number of organisations. Respondents were happy with the strategy highlighting priority areas for Economic Statistics.

We Did

 Number of comments were added to the draft strategy which was then published on 26 April 2018. We would like to thank all respondents for taking the time to respond to the consultation.

We Asked

We asked for your opinions on the proposed changes to certain labour market tables and related publications. In the consultation launched in February 2018 we proposed to cease publication of some supplementary labour market tables because they are either:

  • based on old pension age breakdowns
  • use variables which are known to have a low survey response rate, which can impact on the results when detailed breakdowns are produced; and/or
  • have low user demand demonstrated by the low number of downloads of these tables from the ONS website.

We also proposed to publish some supplementary labour market tables without gender breakdown and to change the source of some tables from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to the Annual Population Survey (APS). As part of the latter proposal we will also move dissemination of these tables from the ONS website to NOMIS. The final proposal in the consultation related to changing the frequency of the Reconciliation of estimates of employment and jobs article from four times a year (March, June, September and December) to once a year (every March in order to compare estimates for the whole year).  The proposals in the consultation affected only the supplementary labour market tables, with no implications for the tables feeding into the labour market bulletin. The proposals related only to the published tables and at this stage there will be no impact on the LFS microdata used to produce these outputs.

You Said

We received some responses from a variety of organisations. We would like to thank all respondents for taking the time to respond to the consultation.

The main feedback was:

  • All respondents agreed with the proposal to cease publication of tables A03 NSA and SA: Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity for men aged from 16 to 64 and women aged from 16 to 59 if the historic series remained accessible after the discontinuation of the tables.
  • Most respondents had no concerns about ceasing the publication of the tables listed below:
  1. EMP11: Employment by socio-economic classification
  2. EMP12: Part-time and temporary workers by socio-economic classification
  3. EMP15: Job related training received by employees
  4. EARN07: Gross weekly earnings by industry
  5. EARN08: Distribution of gross hourly earnings of employees
  6. UNEM02: Unemployment by previous occupation
  7. UNEM03: Unemployment by previous industrial sector and
  8. RED02: Redundancies by industry, age, sex and re-employment rates .

However, a minority of respondents had concerns over ceasing the publication of tables:

  1. EMP11: Employment by socio-economic classification
  2. EMP12: Part-time and temporary workers by socio-economic classification
  3. EMP15: Job related training received by employees
  4. EARN07: Gross weekly earnings by industry and
  5. EARN08: Distribution of gross hourly earnings of employees.  
  • Most respondents agreed with the proposal to produce the tables below without a gender breakdown:
  1. EARN05: Gross weekly earnings of full-time employees by region and
  2. EARN06: Gross weekly earnings by occupation .
  • All of the respondents agreed in principle with the proposal to change the data source of the list of tables provided below from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to the Annual Population Survey (APS).
  1. EMP04: All in employment by status, occupation and sex
  2. EMP08: All in employment by occupation
  3. EMP09: Employees and self-employed by occupation and
  4. EMP10: Part-time and temporary workers by occupation .
  • Most respondents agreed to the proposed change in publication frequency of the Reconciliation of estimates of employment and jobs article from four times a year (March, June, September and December) to once a year (every March in order to compare estimates for the whole year).

We Did

We reviewed the feedback provided by respondents and we are going to undertake the actions listed below:

  • We will cease the publication of the tables listed below from August 2018 onwards but we will keep the historic time series on the ONS website:
  1. A03 NSA and SA: Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity for men aged from 16 to 64 and women aged from 16 to 59
  2. EMP12: Part-time and temporary workers by socio-economic classification. Even though users had some concerns about ceasing the publication of this table they indicated that it is less vital for their work than table EMP11: Employment by socio-economic classification. This is the reason why table EMP12 is going to be discontinued.
  3. UNEM02: Unemployment by previous occupation
  4. UNEM03: Unemployment by previous industrial sector and
  5. RED02: Redundancies by industry, age, sex and re-employment rates. However, ONS will consider reinstating these tables in the future if the size of the estimates increases.
  • We will continue publishing the tables listed below as there is demonstrated user need for them:
  1. EMP11: Employment by socio-economic classification
  2. EMP15: Job related training received by employees
  3. EARN07: Gross weekly earnings by industry and
  4. EARN08: Distribution of gross hourly earnings of employees.
  • We will produce the tables listed below only at the people level from August 2018 onwards:
  1. EARN05: Gross weekly earnings of full-time employees by region and 
  2. EARN06: Gross weekly earnings by occupation.
  • We will change the data source of the list of tables provided below from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to the Annual Population Survey (APS) and we will move dissemination from the ONS website to NOMIS. Moreover, the estimates will be available for an annual period rather than quarterly. The data on NOMIS will be in a presentational format and we will add links on the ONS website to direct users to the new data homepage. An example of a table produced on NOMIS is available. The change in the data source for these tables will take place from February 2019 onwards.
  1. EMP04: All in employment by status, occupation and sex
  2. EMP08: All in employment by occupation
  3. EMP09: Employees and self-employed by occupation and
  4. EMP10: Part-time and temporary workers by occupation.
  • We will change the publication frequency of the Reconciliation of estimates of employment and jobs article from four times a year (March, June, September and December) to once a year (every March in order to compare estimates for the whole year). This change will come into effect following the scheduled publication on 12th June 2018.