Nomis UK Labour Market Data

Nomis is a web-based database of labour market statistics run by the University of Durham on behalf of the Office for National Statistics. First launched in 1981, Nomis houses an extensive range of government statistical information on the UK labour market including Employment, Unemployment, Earnings, Labour Force Survey and Jobcentre Plus vacancies. Statistics are available as summary statistics (for mid-range geographies such as local authority, ward) and detailed statistics via an online querying system.

The available datasets cover employment and unemployment figures, earnings, demographics (including 1981, 1991 and 2001 Census of Population; population estimates and projections; and migrations) and vacancies including:

  • Unemployment Claimant Count
  • Census of Employment 1971-1993
  • Labour Force Survey annual and quarterly data
  • Vacancies handled by Jobcentres
  • New Earnings Survey
Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
Office for National Statistics
Documentation: 

Detailed description of datasets available online.

The following hard copy documentation is available to consult at the Data Library: Getting Started, The New Nomis System, Datasets, Census of Population, General Reference.
Plus 3 additional pamphlets: How exactly is unemployment measured?, How exactly is employment measured?, What exactly is the Labour Force Survey?

Format: 

HTML, ASCII comma-delimited (csv) or ASCII text (txt) versions.

Data Access: 

Data available freely on internet.

In order to access enhanced facilities users are required to register and obtain a username and password.
Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for access.