The latest national statistics on trade union membership for the United Kingdom produced by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills were released on 25th April 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Trade Union Membership 2011 uses the Labour Force Survey to provide an estimate of the levels and density of trade union membership for all UK employees and all UK workers. Additionally, estimates of trade union densities are published for age, gender, ethnicity, income, major occupation, industry, full and part-time employment, sector, nation and region. The report also provides information on union presence in workplaces and whether an employees pay and conditions are affected by collective agreement.
We would be very grateful if users could provide feedback on the trade union membership publication by completing our short survey – please click on the link to the right to access the TUM user survey.
BIS will be publishing the results of the survey on this web page later this year.
Email Distribution List
To keep users of our publication informed of the latest developments relating to the statistics, we are setting up a user e-mail distribution list. If you wish to be added to the email distribution list to receive updates when a new release is published, or news about any other developments to the publication, then please let us know by contacting us.
General queries relating to trade union membership statistics
If you have any queries relating to trade union membership statistics, then please contact us
The UK Statistics Authority assessment on Statistics on Trade Union Membership
The UK Statistics Authority published its assessment report on Statistics on Trade Union Membership in April 2012. The report can be accessed via the link below. The report assesses the National Statistic release against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, and identified four enhancements which BIS needs to implement by July 2012:
- Further investigate and document the use made of the trade union membership statistics and seek to identify, and engage more with users outside BIS
- Confirm that future changes to methods or classifications will be announced in advance of any publications.
- Publish more information about the quality of the trade union membership statistics, including information about the main sources of bias and other errors.
- Improve the commentary in Trade Union Membership so that it aids user interpretation of the statistics.
UKSA assessment on trade union membership statistics
Trade union membership and labour disputes statistics quality review
BIS and ONS carried out a Quality Review covering both the trade union membership and labour disputes statistics in 2004-05. If you would like further information about the review, or an electronic copy of the final report, please contact us.