Feasibility research: Admin-based income by ethnicity statistics

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Developing subnational multivariate income by ethnicity statistics from administrative data, England and Wales: tax year ending 2018

20 February 2023

Today we have published an update to our feasibility research on producing multivariate income by ethnicity statistics on the population from administrative data. By linking together admin-based income and admin-based ethnicity datasets, we have established an income and a stated ethnicity for 77.1% of people in England, and 82.1% of people in Wales, aged 16 years and over in the Statistical Population Dataset (SPD) v3.0, tax year ending 2018. This work forms part of our progress towards producing more frequent subnational multivariate statistics on population characteristics, and is the first time we are presenting this data for Wales as well as England.

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Within this feasibility research we have produced income percentiles for ethnic groups at different levels of geography in England and Wales for the first time. We have also produced income percentiles for the 15.3% of people in England and 11.5% of people in Wales where we had information about income but no stated ethnicity. Future developments to this work will include exploring income by ethnicity trends at occupied address (household) level and to improve the measures and methods being used. 

We welcome feedback on the quality, value and potential impact of the admin-based income by ethnicity statistics. We also welcome feedback on our planned future developments. Email us your comments and questions and include ‘Income by ethnicity in the subject line of your response.  

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