Trade union statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to trade union statistics.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible, with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for publishing the National Statistics on trade union membership.

Estimates are presented for the proportion of people in employment who are trade union members in both the UK and Great Britain, and for employees whose pay and conditions are affected by collective agreements. We also provide trade union densities by age, sex, ethnicity, income, full and part-time employment, sector, nation and region.

Earlier trade union membership publications are available from The National Archives, but can also be obtained from BEIS by contacting us.

Statistical release timetable

The report is an annual publication and its timing is predetermined and pre-announced in accordance with the arrangements for releasing National Statistics.

Information on National Statistics, the labour market as well as relevant data can be obtained from the ONS website.

Annual reports

Additional analysis

Published 29 May 2013
Last updated 25 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Trade union statistics 2021 added.

  2. linking collection page to 2020 report

  3. We have added trade union statistics for 2019.

  4. Trade union statistics 2018 added.

  5. Trade union statistics for 2017 added.

  6. Trade union statistics for 2016 added.

  7. Trade union statistics for 2015 added.

  8. Trade union statistics for 2014 added.

  9. 2013 report added

  10. First published.