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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Online Analysis

There are two ways of interrogating the WERS data - beyond the published findings - without using statistical software:


  1. Use the Nesstar online service provided by the UK Data Service to analyse the full survey


  2. Interrogate the large number of standard tabulations produced by the WERS Research Team

Using Nesstar

Nesstar allows access to the 2011 WERS data via a simple web-based interface. It provides a number of useful functions, including the ability to run cross-tabulations, view frequencies, produce graphs and conduct correlation and regression analyses. The data from WERS 1998 and WERS 2004 are also available via Nesstar, as are a large number of other datasets held by the UK Data Service.


You do not need to register in order to access descriptive information about the survey variables or to run variable frequencies. However you will need to register with the UK Data Service in order to produce cross-tabulations or charts and to run multivariate analyses.


More information about Nesstar (including tutorials)


Access the 2011 WERS data via Nesstar

Standard tabulations from the WERS Research Team

The WERS Research Team has produced a number of standard tabulations to accompany their primary analysis of the survey data. These tabulations allow you to access detailed findings quickly, without recreating the analysis carried out to produce the book. They also allow workplaces to benchmark their practices and experiences against those of other workplaces in their sector or region.


The tables are provided in a series of Excel spreadsheets and provide breakdowns of key data items across workplace size, industry, sector and union recognition. The first set of standard tabulations was produced to accompany the booklet of First Findings from the 2011 WERS. A second set of tabulations was produced to accompany the full-length book: Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession.


Access the standard tabulations produced by the WERS Research Team (GOV.UK website)


Further details about the primary analysis publications arising from the 2011 WERS are provided in the Publications section of this website.