SASPAC & Census flow data

24/07/2014

The Data

The Census Offices are preparing to begin publishing the 2011 Census flow data, these tables will include 4 datasets:

  1. Special Workplace statistics (SWS) - travel from usual residence to workplace (or place of study in Scotland)
  2. Special Migration statistics (SMS) – address 1 year prior to census day
  3. Special Student statistics (SSS) - student migration
  4. Special Residence statistics (SRS) – location of second residence

For all 4 datasets a set of England & Welsh and UK tables will exist.

How will I be able to access the data?

ONS have developed 3 levels of licence to access the data:

Public: openly available anyone and accessible to SASPAC users like any other Census data. These will include a small number of simple tables published for large geographic areas such as local authorities/MSOAs.

Safeguarded: available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: accessible via the ONS Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML) held at Titchfield, Southampton. These will include the most detailed cross tabulations, available for the smallest Census geographies and data will only be released to users following ONS approval. SASPAC will be available to access these tables in the VML.

A new VML is currently under development by ONS and expected to be available at other sites across the E&W towards the end of the year.

When will the data be published?

Public tables: 25 July - 9 for E&W (3 SWS/6 SRS)  and 11 for UK* (6 SMS/3 SWS/2 SRS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Safeguarded tables: August (date TBC) – 4 E&W (SMS) and 10 UK* (4 SMS /6 SWS). These are ‘priority tables’ and more tables are planned from November 2014.

Secure tables: details and date TBC

* Initially UK tables with only include England, Wales and NI flows. This is because issue has been identified with the Scottish data by NRS.

How to access the data?

Public - available to SASPAC users in the usual manner; users will be informed when system files are available for download.

Safeguarded – available to researchers under a separate licence agreement. SASPAC are currently working closely with ONS and the UK Data Service to enable these tables to be available to our users on the day of publication (at this stage it is expected that the Safeguarded data will require users to agree to individual terms and conditions which will allow them to download the data in a SASPAC format. Data will then be accessible like any other dataset in SASPAC on their desktop).

These are slightly more detailed tables for larger geographies or simple tables for smaller geographies such as OA/WPZ/ward.

Secure: available through SASPAC via the ONS VML

What SASPAC support will be available?

The SASPAC team are currently preparing/updating training materials to support users’ access to the 2011 flow datasets. We expect to make half-day training sessions available to users and we will post dates on our website shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to get familiar with the 2001 flow data, the data may be downloaded from our website along with supporting 2001 training materials.


SASPAC Training

20/06/2014

Please let us know ASAP if you would like to book onto our
21st July SASPAC training course taking place at City Hall.

The course is aimed at people who are new to the software or who would just like a refresher course.

A typical SASPAC training session will provide users with an introduction to the 2011 Census and enable them to select, print, manipulate, export and map data relevant to their area of interest.

If you would like to preview our latest SASPAC training manual please just visit here.

In preparation for the publication 2011 origin destination data, the SASPAC team are currently preparing a half day training course to allow users to take full advantage of this powerful new data set.

Keep an eye on our blog posts for more information!

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NEW Census data released

28/05/2014

On the 23rd May three new sets of data were published by ONS, these included the first Workplace Zones from the 2011 Census. There included:

  • 32 Workplace Population tables (21 tables for Workplace Zones, 10 tables for MSOAs and one for Output Area)
  • 9 Workday Population tables (6 tables for MSOAs and 3 for Output Area)
  • 6 Armed Forces tables (produced for 224 LAs in E&W)

At the moment we are currently working on processing these tables, so please keep an eye out for either a future blog post/tweet which will inform you when a SASPAC update is available.

 


ONS – Next Census releases

29/04/2014

On the 24th April, ONS announced the next four releases of 2011 Census statistics.

*Workplace Population Statistics for Workplace Zones and MSOAs in England and Wales
Release 5.2a
This release will provide 2011 Census estimates of the number and characteristics of the workplace population of England and Wales. Outline versions for 32 workplace tables are available to download from the ONS website.
21 tables will be for the new geography of workplace zones, 10 tables will be for MSOA, and one table for Output Areas.

*Workday Population Statistics for MSOAs and OAs in England and Wales
Release 5.2b
This release compliments the first release of workday population statistics (published October 2013).
Outline versions for nine tables are available to download from the ONS website.
Six are MSOA tables and three are OA and higher geographies.

*Migration Statistics for Wales
Release 6.1
This release will provide the first set of 2011 Census statistics about people in Wales who moved within or between areas in Wales in the year preceding the census. Outline versions for three tables will be available to download shortly from the ONS website.
Two of these tables will be for MSOAs and merged wards and one table will be for local authorities.
Further migration statistics will be published later in2014 covering the population of England and Wales.

*Armed Forces Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales
Release 6.2
This release will provide 2011 Census estimates of the number and characteristics of personnel serving in the armed forces.
Outline versions for six armed forces tables are available to download from the ONS website.
These tables will be available for local authorities in which the number of armed forces personnel exceeds 150.
The tables will be released as Excel reference tables on the ONS website.

 

 


SASPAC v9.85 April update

17/04/2014

March and April saw ONS release 65 new Census tables for England and Wales, these included:

  • 3.5c – 8 Detailed Characteristic and 1 Quick Statistics table relating to Approximated Social
  • Grade
  • 3.6 – 20 Detailed Characteristic tables relating to travel to work and car or van availability (
  • Local Authorities only)
  • 4.6 – 26 Local Characteristic and 1 Quick Statistics table relating to travel to work and car or
  • van availability (Output Areas)
  • Supplementary tables on 9/4/14 – 9 Local Characteristic tables relating to a range of topics

To provide access to these tables users will need to update to the v9.85 (April update) available from our software download page and download the latest System files from our Data page. Layouts of these tables can be found below and an Excel file of all the tables released to date can be found here (.xls).

- new Quick Statistics tables (.pdf)

- new Local Characteristics tables (.pdf)

- new Detailed Characteristics tables (.pdf)

Copies of table layouts released to date can also be found on our Support page.

 


Future of the Census

01/04/2014

Following three years of research and user consultation into options for the 2021 census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales, the National Statistician has recommended to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority that a predominantly online census should be undertaken in 2021, supplemented by the use of administrative and survey data. To read more about this announcement, please click here.  

National Records of Scotland (NRS) have also announced they will be following a similar route, with a primarily online 2021 Census and supplementary use of administrative datasets. More this announcement can be found here.


Census Release Update

07/02/2014

ONS have now published the (draft) table layouts for release:

4.5a: (Local Characteristics on Labour Market for output areas in England and Wales)
4.5b: (Local Characteristics on Qualifications for output areas in England and Wales)

Accessible via here. This data is scheduled for release on 26 February 2014.


Do you need Census data on the Armed Forces population?

06/02/2014

The 2001 Census produced a number of tables at ward level specifically relating to the armed forces population (AF001 to AF004). This population is likely to be  geographically concentrated across specific local authorities but key to understanding service provision and demand. ONS are preparing the equivalent 2011 Census tables and have circulated some table mockups (.xls) for users to comment on. The current intention is to provide this tables at regional level only. ONS are keen to hear from users on their data requirements and requested feedback by 11 February.


SASPAC v9.85 Feb update

03/02/2014

saspac-logo-master-button-maze-name-256-reversed-out-rounded-with-shadowThe latest 2011 Census Detailed and Local Characteristics tables are now available to download from the SASPAC website along with a software update (v9.85).

This update incorporates the 2 Detailed Characteristic and 59 Local Characteristic tables published by ONS on 23/01/14 (releases 4.4a and 4.4b)

The updated SASPAC System files are downloadable from our data page and the software updates files/instructions from here.

To help keep users’ up to date with the large number of tables currently available we have also produced a summary of all the tables released by geography here (.xls). Furthermore, table layouts for all the tables so far and those recently published are below:

  • Release 4.4a Detailed Characteristic tables layouts all published DC table layouts to date (.pdf)
  • Release 4.4a and 4.4b Local Characteristic tables layouts /all published LC table layouts to date (.pdf)

Other table layouts can be found on our Support page.


Next Census Release Dates

03/02/2014

ONS have announced the release date for the next Local Characteristics tables. The information will be found in tables 4.5a and 4.5b and will include topics on:

  • Labour Market at output area level
  • Qualifications at output area level

This release will be on the 26 February 2014. There are currently no drafts of this information published, but once available they will be accessible via here.

Also on the 27 February 2014, NRS will be releasing Scotland’s Census results part 3A, which provides 10 new tables:

  • Age by sex
  • Ethnic group
  • National identity
  • Proficiency in English
  • Religion
  • Scots language skills
  • Ethnic group
  • Country of birth

There is currently already a draft tables available to download from the NRS website.


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