Data in our collection

Our data collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.

The tabs below also highlight data collections useful for students.

UK Surveys
Qualitative data
UK Census data
International macrodata

International macrodata contain socio-economic time series data aggregated to a country or regional level for a range of countries over a substantial time period. 

Most are annual level, but some are quarterly and monthly. They are updated regularly, giving up-to-date data. These data can be used to compare countries or track progress through time.

Find out more

Our huge collection of international macrodata covers a wide range of topics.

We recommend that you browse our interface UKDS.Stat to find out more.

Here are some interesting and easy-to-use datasets for those new to international macrodata:

  • World Bank: World Development Indicators: This dataset contains statistical data for over 600 development indicators for over 200 countries and 18 country groups running from 1960 onwards. The extensive collection of development data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources and environmental indicators.
  • IMF: World Economic Outlook: This dataset contains selected macroeconomic data series from the statistical appendix of the World Economic Outlook report, which presents the IMF staff's analysis and projections of economic developments at the global level, in major country groups and in many individual countries.
  • OECD: Regional Statistics: This dataset provides a unique set of comparable statistics and indicators for over 2000 regions in 30 countries. It comprises annual time-series for around 40 indicators of demography, economic accounts, labour market, social and innovation themes in the OECD member countries.

You can see the range of international macrodata by looking through our collection of key data.


A selection of guides and video tutorials can be found on UKDS.Stat guides.

To get started, take a look at the general UKDS.Stat user guide.

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