The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study

We ask researchers to contact us whenever they publish research using the WERS data. We will add your publication to our bibliography. This helps to avoid any duplication among researchers. The bibliography also demonstrates the value of the survey to funders.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A PDF document has been compiled to collate answers to over 30 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2011 WERS survey and data. The FAQs are organised under seven different headings:


  1. Obtaining documentation and data

  2. What's new in the 2011 WERS

  3. Finding your way around the data files

  4. Manipulating the data files

  5. Derived variables

  6. Weighting and statistical inference

  7. Publishing your research


The FAQs document is provided with the deposited data and can be obtained from the UK Data Service website:


Answers to FAQs about the 2011 WERS survey and data (v1.3, 21st Oct 2016, PDF file)


We also have a syntax page where we provide links to a number of syntax files that address common queries from WERS users.


If you have questions after consulting these FAQs and syntax files, and searching elsewhere on this website, please Contact Us with your query and we will endeavour to help.