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Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Economic, social and population statistics for the UK at national, regional and local levels.


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, and publishes a range of economic, social and population statistics at national, regional and local levels. The site provides access to published statistics, including data underlying published articles.

Statistics are drawn from a range of sources, including survey data (e.g. Census, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Labour Force Survey) as well as vital events data (e.g. Births, deaths and marriages). ONS collects a number of datasets on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

URL Office for National Statistics
Spatial Coverage United Kingdom
Data Access

Content is available under the Open Government licence except where otherwise stated.

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Some data which are considered sensitive can only be accessed through the ONS Secure Research Service as an Accredited Researcher.  The University of Edinburgh has Assured Organisational Connectivity (AOC) status with ONS so that approved researchers and projects may access the secure service from a University setting. This currently is only available for Researchers in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS). CAHSS Members can visit the ONS webpage on the CAHSS Intranet (ONS AOC - Home (

Key pages or related resources

ONS Methodology

ONS Local Statistics

ONS National Data Archive

ONS England & Wales Census

ONS Nomis service provides official labour market statistics

ONS AOC - Home ( - CAHSS Members Only