Overview of the LFS/APS User Conference 2016

Article dated: 30 November 2016

The annual Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference took place on Friday 25th November at the Royal Statistical Society in London.

The day was a great success, and offered a chance for researchers to come together to present and receive feedback on their own research. It was also a great opportunity for researchers and organisations to meet with data owners and to both hear about developments in, and future plans for, the surveys and to raise any questions, concerns or suggestions that they might have.

See our Storify of the event which includes links to the presentations given.

The programme included presentations from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the latest developments on the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS), and from researchers who have used the data. The presentations led to a discussion on the recent review of the Special Licence datasets and served as an opportunity for users of the LFS to get clarification on the changes from the review and to provide feedback to the data owners on how the changes might affect them.

There were also a number of talks from researchers across the UK, including Pierre Walthery and Gerhard Toews from the University of Oxford, who have used LFS or APS data. The range of topics covered included:

  • zero-hours contracts
  • work and well-being
  • regional class pay gap
  • measuring shocks to the labour market
  • impact of the collapse of the UK coal industry on women’s employment

Participants covered a broad spectrum of users, from academic researchers and PhD students to those from Third Sector organisations.

The UK Data Service currently runs 3 annual user conferences:

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