Consultation on Proposed Changes to Certain Labour Market Tables and Related Publications

Closed 4 Apr 2018

Opened 21 Feb 2018

Feedback Updated 11 Jun 2018

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.

 

Results Updated 11 Jun 2018

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Overview

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes the national and regional labour market tables every month, some of which feed into the labour market bulletin https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/uklabourmarketstatisticsfeb2018.

The ONS also publishes a set of supplementary tables every quarter which provide a more detailed breakdown of some of the national labour market tables.

All these tables are produced using data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which is the largest household survey in the United Kingdom. 

The tables published on a quarterly basis were established some time ago and, as the structure of the labour market changes, we carried out a review of the quality and use of these tables. Our findings inform this consultation.

The proposals in the consultation affect only the supplementary labour market tables, with no implications for the tables feeding in to the labour market bulletin. At this stage the proposals relate only to the published tables and will not impact on the LFS micro data used to produce these outputs.

As the micro data for the production of these tables will still be available (through the  UK Data Service (https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/get-data/how-to-access/accesssecurelab)) users can produce this analysis themselves if they require it.  ONS also offers a service for the production of bespoke tables, so if users are unable to produce the tables themselves they can order them for a fee.

Why We Are Consulting

The proposed changes to the supplementary labour market tables and our reasoning behind them are outlined in the consultation document. 

We would value your feedback on the proposed changes to understand any concerns or challenges before we make a decision on implementing them.

As someone who is interested in ONS statistics, we would welcome your views. We will publish a summary of our findings after the survey closes, and do not intend to publish individual responses. Your response might be made available if required under a Freedom of Information request. We will not publish personal contact details.

To take part in this consultation, please review the attached consultation document and then record your responses in the online survey via the link below. 

What Happens Next

We will publish a summary of the comments made no more than 12 weeks after the consultation closes. Any changes that have been identified through the consultation will be implemented as soon as possible. 

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Labour market
  • Statistics