The Integrated Household Survey (IHS) is a composite survey combining questions asked on a number of social surveys conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce a dataset of 'core' variables. The aim of the IHS is to produce high-level estimates for particular themes to a higher precision and lower geographic level than current ONS social surveys. The 'core' set contains around 100 questions, but a respondent is only asked a proportion of those depending on routing from answers to questions. The core questions are asked, where possible, at the beginning of the component surveys.
IHS prior to 2009:
A set of core questions were introduced within three surveys in January 2008; the General Lifestyle Survey, Living Costs and Food Survey and the Opinions Survey. In April 2008 the IHS core questions were introduced on the English Housing Survey, bringing the family of modules on the IHS up to four. The IHS data for 2008-2009 was used as a pilot for the concept, developing the systems and designing the weighting methodology. The IHS data for that period have not been published as they do not provide better quality information than that within existing surveys. Hence, the earliest IHS data currently available from the UK Data Archive cover 2009-2010.
IHS from 2009-2010:
In April 2009 the IHS core questions were introduced on the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Annual Population Survey (APS) questionnaires, though not all the core IHS questions were fully harmonised on the LFS. From June 2009 the Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) was included in the IHS family of modules. With the inclusion of these new surveys the IHS became complete, with an achieved annual sample size of approximately 450,000 individuals from interviews undertaken in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Therefore, the first IHS dataset to be released covers the period April 2009 - March 2010, starting the IHS data series from the point that all surveys were included. The large sample size and UK-wide coverage means various geographical breakdowns are possible in the IHS, and it is possible to use a geographical hierarchy to drill down to lower level detail within an area. (It should be noted that the lowest geographic level available on the standard access End User Licence IHS dataset is Government Office Region (GOR). Users who require more detailed geographies will need to make an application to use the Special Licence version of the IHS (see below)).
From April 2009 - March 2010 the IHS contained data collected from the following surveys:
Integrated Household Survey, January - December, 2010
IHS; Continuous Population Survey; CPS
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Numeric data; Individual (micro) level
Repeated cross-sectional study
Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview
Weighting used. See User Guide for details.
The data were processed to the UK Data Archive's 'A*' standard. This is the Archive's highest standard, and means that an extremely rigorous and comprehensive series of checks was carried out to ensure the quality of the data and documentation. Firstly, checks were made that the number of cases and variables matched the depositor's records. Secondly, checks were made that all variables had comprehensible variable labels and all nominal (categorical) variables had comprehensible value labels. Where possible, either with reference to the documentation and/or in communication with the depositor, labels were accordingly edited or created. Thirdly, logical checks were performed to ensure that nominal (categorical) variables had values within the range defined (either by value labels or in the depositor's documentation). Lastly, any data or documentation that breached confidentiality rules were altered or suppressed to preserve anonymity.
Variable Changes to the January 2010 to December 2010 Dataset:
From January 2011 SOC2010 standard occupation codes are being collected. SOC2010 and SOC2000 codes will be jointly issued for this handover period. In anticipation of the change SOC2010 codes are included on this dataset, these codes have been converted from SOC2000 using SPSS syntax (which can be sent out on request). The new variables are:
SOC2010M 4 digit SOC2010 Major occupation group code for current (Main) job
SOC2010L 4 digit SOC2010 Major occupation group code for Last job
SOC2010MMN 3 digit SOC2010 Minor occupation group code for current (Main) job
SOC2010LMN 3 digit SOC2010 Minor occupation group code for Last job
SOC2010MMJ 1 digit SOC2010 Major occupation group code for current (Main) job
SOC2010LMJ 1 digit SOC2010 Major occupation group code for Last job
PDWG10 now contain 12 months worth of data, PDWAGE, the previous version of this question has been removed. (Question changed from "Are/Were you paid either a salary or a wage by an employer? 1. yes, 2. no" to "May I just check, are you being paid for that work... 1. by the organisation or company you actually did the work for, 2. or by a different organisation or company?"
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