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The ONS Time Use Study is a study which aims to find out how different people across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland spend their time. Understanding how people spend their time can help to improve services and guide policies that affect people like you.
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By taking part you will make your voice and experiences heard, and support organisations like the ONS and government departments. You will help them to learn about society so they can make decisions about policies and initiatives that improve aspects of everyday life.
Find a link to the online diary here
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) are the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics.
To take part, we would like you to answer some questions about yourself and let us know how you spend your time on a specific weekday and weekend day.
We understand you may have some questions about our credentials and how we deal with personal information.
Your participation is important to us. We want to make sure we represent the experiences of all types of people from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For more information about the NatCen Panel please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0800 652 4569. Our team will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
Haven’t received the diary booklet yet?
We are sorry about that - a letter with further instructions on the study and a paper diary enclosed to help you take notes of your activities should be on its way!
In the meantime, you can download a digital version of the paper diary (pdf) and of the activities list leaflet pdf).
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In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted, and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.
We’re Britain’s largest independent social research agency. Since 1969 we’ve worked on behalf of government and charities to find out what people really think about important social issues and how Britain is run.
As the UK emerges out of the COVID-19 pandemic and gets impacted by the global cost of living crisis, understanding how people in the UK are spending their time and how they are feeling is all the more important. The ONS Time Use Study has already given a lot of insight into how day-to-day life has changed over the course the pandemic. Click below to read about some of the things we’ve found thanks to NatCen Panel members.