The United Kingdom Time Use Survey was conducted in 2000, on behalf of a funding consortium consisting of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and several government departments. The main aim of survey was to measure the amount of time spent by the population on various activities. This was first time that a major survey of this type has been conducted in the UK and as such it provided an opportunity to inform a cross-section of policy areas as well as having interest for academia, social research centres and the advertising and retail sector. The Time Use Survey was designed, where possible, to provide results comparable with other European studies as part of a wider Harmonised European Time Use Survey.
GN 33372 | United Kingdom Time Use Survey
How can I find out about the datasets – variables, population, sample size etc.?
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- Download button: this is located near the top right of the catalogue record.
- A brief overview of the data: who collected the data, the main topics, the population covered, how the data were collected, the levels of geography and much more.
- Documentation:scroll down the catalogue record to find the documentation. All datasets come with documentation supplied by the data producer, normally in the form of searchable pdfs. The documentation varies from survey to survey but will normally include a user guide, the questionnaire and a technical report. These documents should tell you:
- how the data were collected and processed into its current format
- which topics were covered and the wording of the questions used
- how each variable was coded and how derived variables were constructed
- the name(s) of the weighting variables, how the weight(s) were constructed and when to use each one if there are more than one
- Related studies and Publications using the data: see which surveys are related, and how other researchers have used the data.
What format are the data in and where can I download them from?
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How do I get started with analysing survey data?
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What is the Time Use Survey?
The key objectives of the United Kingdom Time Use Survey (TUS) were:
- to carry out a large-scale household survey featuring self-completion diaries to measure the amount of time spent by the UK population on various activities
- to build on the lessons learnt from the National Pilot Time Use Survey (not currently held by the UK Data Service) and other previous exercises
- to ensure that the TUS provides data for government departments' academic research requirements
- to carry out the TUS in a European framework with design and administration along the lines of the Eurostat specification, and to provide results comparable, as far as possible, with those envisaged by them, but with modifications taking account of UK government and academic needs
- to deposit a documented dataset in an understandable and accessible format with the UK Data Archive and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for analysis by academic and government users respectively
Which years of the Time Use Survey are available?
This survey was conducted in 2000.
Using the Time Use Survey for teaching
What must I do to use the Time Use Survey for teaching?
See our teaching pages for practical information, exemplars, and tips for using UK Data Service data in teaching, including:
- ideas for using data in teaching
- practical advice on sharing data with students
- teaching resources
- teaching case studies
United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2000: Imputed Net Income Variables (SN 5536)