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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. The period January to March is being used to report annual data. 2. Percentages sum to less than 100 due to 'don't know' responses. 3. Figures for the lower geographic areas are based on small sample sizes and are therefore subject to a greater degree of sampling variability, so should be treated with caution.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Internet users - adults (aged 16 and over) who have used the Internet within the last 3 months.

Disability Status - The (GSS) harmonised "core" definition identifies a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental health condition or illness that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more. It must reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities. It is important to note that a person who has a long-term illness that does not reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities is not disabled under the definition. The GSS harmonised questions are asked of the respondent in the survey, meaning that disability status is self-reported. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) for Northern Ireland and the 2010 Equality Act for Great Britain.

Available disaggregations

Calculated figures are provided in the source data.

Other information

Employment status categories are based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard definitions of employment, unemployment and economic activity and inactivity. Inactive refers to looking after family, a disability or other reasons for being economically inactive.

The lower geographic areas are based on the NUTS Classification - level 3. The higher region breakdowns are based on NUTS level 1. The NUTS Classification is a hierarchical system dividing up economic territory of the EU for the purpose of regional statistics.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics are often used to provide a cross-nationally comparable population-based measures of disability. Please see the article Measuring disability - comparing approaches for a comparison between the GSS Harmonised measure (used here) and the Washington Group measure.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of individuals using the Internet

Target name

Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

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Office for National Statistics (ONS)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source Internet Users opens in a new window
Release date 06 April 2021
Next release

To be announced

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

Other information

Data Acquired from Tables 1b-4b and 6b-7b.