Age 25 survey (2015)

The last Next Steps survey took place in 2010 under the management of the Department for Education (DfE), who managed all previous waves (1-7). ‘The Age 25’ survey took place in 2015 when Cohort members wereaged between 25-26 years old. It was the first wave under the management of CLS with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

By continuing to follow the lives of those born in 1989-90, Next Steps will fill in a gap in knowledge we have between the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study in 2000. They are the missing cohort we need to complete the story of Britain. People born in 1990 have experienced circumstances and challenges that are unique to their generation.  Often referred to as the’ Millennial’ generation they grew up during the first major advances in the internet, social media and new technology. The opportunities of globalisation, cultural diversity and equal rights have also grown rapidly during their lifetimes. But it has not been a generation without challenges. They entered the workforce during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. The global War on Terror broke out, and social inequalities persisted in countries across the world.

The content of the survey at age 25 has been broadened slightly away from its original focus on education (though that is still a strong theme) with the aim of it becoming a more mutli-disciplinary research resource. It now includes sections covering:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Education and job training
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Identity and participation

A key component of this survey wave is data linkage to administrative data held about individuals by government departments. Adding these records will give a level of detail that would be difficult to collect through a survey alone (too time consuming or difficult to remember), giving greater context to their answers and allowing for more detailed analysis.

By following this group into adulthood, we will be able to understand how our experiences as teenagers affect how we turn out later in life and evaluate the success of policies aimed at this group of adults.

Data from the Age 25 data collection is now available from the UK Data Service.

Please contact Darina Peycheva ( if you need any more information.