Finding UK and Welsh statistics

So, you’re looking for statistics! Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a range of resources available to you which can help. You may have spotted our recent post about FAME, which is an excellent place to find financial data on companies in the UK and Ireland. For wider statistical information, here are some of the best places to look:-

Stats Wales

This website is managed by the Welsh Government and provides official statistics about Wales. So if you’d like to know about commuting patterns in Wales or check disposable household income, this is the place to go! You’ll find statistics in all sorts of areas including Business, Economy & Labour Market, Housing, Local Government, Population & Migration, Sustainable Development and Transport. There are also links to Census data. The Help page gives a good overview of the functions available on the website, like exporting data into a graph, and has video tutorials for guidance.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

The ONS collects and publishes statistics for the UK on the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It is also responsible for the national Census in England and Wales. The ONS website is a great place to go for data on all kinds of topics. You can search for specific information, browse publications, or look at themes such as Business & Energy, Economy, Labour Market or Population.

UK Data Service

The UK Data Service is primarily a source for in-depth data sets for research, rather than a few figures to illustrate a point in an assignment. UKDS offers access to a range of economic and social data over many decades and from many countries. Some data emanates from large international organisations such as IMF and OECD; some from the UK government annual surveys and some from individual ESRC-funded researcher projects. If you haven’t used UK Data Services before, you may find Advice for new users useful. The website also has a good selection of guides and video tutorials to help you to make the most of the information available. We’ve also got a guide for you.

You can find more about these and other sources of statistical information from our School of Management subject guides on Blackboard. If you have any questions, please get in touch on buslib@swansea.ac.uk.

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