Census 2021 outputs: content design and release phase proposals

Closes 5 Oct 2021

6c: Travel to work and workplace zones

We do not know how travel-to-work and workplace-address patterns will evolve following the pandemic. We expect that the transition to greater levels of home working will remain to some extent. However, other aspects such as reduced use of public transport and car sharing may reverse over time.

Users need to understand the commuting patterns and methods, and daytime population, to make decisions or plan services in 2022, 2023 and beyond. It's likely that these data on their own may not fully meet user needs for this understanding. 

As a result, we’re already undertaking work to identify potential additional data sources that could help provide information to supplement the census data. These could also provide a more current picture of future travel-to-work patterns. 

The information you provide will be used to steer the program of work we are developing to supplement census data.  A strong understanding of user needs will allow us to maximise the use of census data to support decision making and service planning.  Please provide as much detail as possible to explain your data needs and how the current period of rapid social and economic change impacts your plans.

Do you anticipate needing any additional data on travel to work to supplement Census 2021 data?

We may be able to provide different data to what we intended to capture through Census 2021

Are there any existing data sources that may meet your needs for travel-to-work data, either separately or in combination?
Please rank the following factors in order of importance in relation to your needs for analysis of travel to work.

‘1’ is most important, and ‘4’ is least important. If a factor is not important at all, please respond ‘Not important’

Is there any new analysis of travel to work you are planning to use census data for due to the current period of social and economic change?

This may, for example, relate to the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, or the levelling-up initiative.

Do you require data published using the workplace zone geography?

We’re considering the need to produce workplace statistics by workplace zone. Workplace zones are a small-area geography designed to contain a consistent number of workers. This allows us to release workplace statistics at a more granular level. The zones provide much greater detail in areas with high numbers of workers and workplaces. For example, this might include city centres, retail districts and business parks.