UK jobs data has ‘way to go’ before it is reliable, says watchdog

Rebuilding the Office for National Statistics’s monthly workforce publication so that it accurately reflects trends in the UK jobs market “clearly still [has] a way to go”, the deputy head of the statistics watchdog has warned.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Rob Kent-Smith, deputy head of the Office for Statistics Regulation, said that officials require more time to embed new techniques into assessing the UK labour market, casting doubt over when policymakers will receive accurate jobs market data to inform their decision-making.

The ONS has been working on a new methodology to collect and analyse data to generate a more comprehensive picture of Britain’s labour market in response to a sharp drop in response rates to its previous method.

Originally, the transformed labour force survey

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