Integrated Household Survey (IHS)

Alternative Title: 
Continuous Population Survey (CPS)

The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is a composite survey which brings together in a single dataset some of the data from a number of Office for National Statistics (ONS) social surveys (called “modules”). The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. The datasets are available from 2009-2014. ONS ceased production of the separate IHS datasets from 2015 onwards because the only dataset/module that remained in the IHS was the Annual Population Survey (APS). Instead, the data available from questions formally regarded as the IHS core are provided in the APS data.

The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is a composite survey combining questions asked in a number of large-scale government 'household' surveys (including the Labour Force Survey, the Annual Population Survey, the General Household Survey, the Expenditure and Food Survey) to produce a dataset of Core variables on core themes including: economic activity, education, health and disability, identity, and income.

The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS Social Surveys provide. The more robust local information will improve intercensal monitoring of important variables for a range of policy purposes.

Sample size: 340,000 individuals of which 44,950 from Scotland.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
Office for National Statistics
Time Period: 

2009 to latest

Documentation: 

Documentation including Household and Individual CORE questionnaires, consultation papers and IHS Pilot updates are available from the Office for National Statistics as well as from the UK Data Service.

 

UKDA Study Number: 
2000024
Data Access: 

It is intended that the main IHS output will be a series of annual rolling quarterly datasets with a short report detailing key points of interest. The planned first release will be for the survey period of April 2009–March 2010, due for publication in September 2010. 

The microdata will be made available via UK Data Service.