UK Data Service (UKDS)

Alternative Title: 
Incorporates data and services formerly provided by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and delivered by the UK Data Archive to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

Its aim is to provide a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011 (see All are backed with support, training and guidance for data users, owners and creators. The Key Data page provides overviews of major UK surveys available and of international macrodata (including World Bank, IMF, UN and IEA data).

The Discover interface can be used to explore the data collection, user guides and supporting materials. All documentation and resources are freely available.

The UKDS.Stat interface allows users to explore and visualise some datasets held by the UKDS (World Bank, OECD, IMF, UN and IEA).

Limited exploratory analysis of UKDS data can be carried out using the UKDA Nesstar Catalogue

Early in 2013, the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) became part of the UK Data Archive; all ESDS content and functionality has now been transferred to the UK Data Service.


Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom

Data Publisher:


See the Use Data section for information about accessing the Help Desk, training, guides, FAQs, and other related documentation.


Micro-data (SPSS, SAS, Stata). Macro-data (beyond 20/20 with data exportable to a range of formats including CSV, tab-delimited, MS Excel)

Data Access: 

Access for academic use is free. Access to Discover and Nesstar does not require registration, but registration is required to conduct online data analysis or to download data. See the Advice for new users page for guidance.