Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences


UCL and GLA Launch Major Survey of Night Workers in London

20 March 2024

University College London and Greater London Authority Launch Major Survey of Night Workers in London

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University College London (UCL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have joined forces to conduct a comprehensive survey aimed at understanding the experiences and challenges faced by the 1.32 million Londoners who work at night.

The survey will encompass various aspects of night work such as working conditions, health and wellbeing, commuting and overall quality of life. By hearing from night workers themselves, the initiative seeks to provide valuable insights that can inform targeted policies.

Professor James Cheshire, Director of the UCL Social Data Institute, commented, "Night workers are an essential part of London’s economy, and we depend upon them to keep workplaces clean and secure, our hospitals open and to get us safely home at the end of a night out. However, compared to those who work during daylight hours, we have much less data about their needs and experiences. We hope this study will shed more light on how London can work better for them."

The collaboration between the UCL Social Data Institute and the GLA is part of an ambitious programme of research  to expand the night workers evidence base will guide City Hall to develop policies that will enhance the quality of life of night workers.

The survey is set to launch on Wednesday 20th March and night workers across London are encouraged to take part and share their perspectives to help shape future policies and initiatives.

For more information about the survey or to participate, please visit dataafterdark.commonplace.is.

For more information please contact:

James Cheshire


UCL Social Data Institute


This project has received support, advice, and funding from UCL Innovation & Enterprise and data from Smart Data Research UK.