Best practice for web writing is to use personal pronouns when referring to one’s own organisation. Use personal pronouns (such as “we” or “our”) when referring to the ONS, apart from the following exceptions:

  • when a publication has been produced in collaboration with another organisation or government body (such as Defra or Public Health England)
  • when we are one of a number of organisations or government bodies being discussed in a paragraph
  • when the use of “our” with the word “data” or “statistics” would add some doubt as to where that data comes from or its objectivity

This release has been produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Public Health England (PHE).
This type of information isn’t always present in the ONS data but it is in the PHE data.
The data show that…

The word “the” should be used when referring to our organisation, including when using “ONS”.

Welcome to the Office for National Statistics.
At the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we are responsible for…
The ONS has made the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) its preferred measure of inflation.

Do not use “on the ONS website” or “on our website”. The user is already on our website. Provide a well-named link to the page you are referring to.

This is explored further on the Retail Sales Index Quality and Methodology Information page.
Please refer to our previously published article International immigration and the labour market, UK: 2016.