Aim of this survey

The Vacancy Survey is a regular survey of businesses, which provides an accurate and comprehensive measure of the total number of vacancies across the economy and fills a gap in the information available regarding the demand for labour. Before the Vacancy Survey was introduced, the only information available nationally about vacancies was from records of vacancies notified to Job Centres by employers. This provided only a partial picture, possibly less than half of all vacancies, because employers are under no obligation to notify vacancies to Job Centres. This business based survey has a more complete coverage and is included in the monthly ONS Labour Market Statistical Bulletin.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • how many job vacancies did your business have on the count date (actual date is printed) for which you were actively seeking recruits from outside your organisation

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: businesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE

Population: approximately 1,930,000

Sample: approximately 6,000

Frequency: monthly / quarterly

Dispatch dates

  • between 1 and 4 of every month

Return-by date

  • between 9 and 14 of every month Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Vacancy Survey is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large businesses (those with 2500 plus employees) for the Vacancy Survey because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium businesses, usually for a set period of time then replace them with other businesses from their industry. They are very important to us as their trading patterns are often very different to large businesses.

How to complete this survey

Your questionnaire explains how to submit your data using our Telephone Data Entry system. Please use your unique Respondent Identification Number (which will be different each month) and call on 0800 0858163 (+441633 810967 from outside the UK) to report your information.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Vacancy Survey on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on 0300 1234 920. Please contact us on 0300 1234 921 if you would like to speak to someone in Welsh.

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