The Office for National Statistics is required to meet a target of 80% of supplier invoices being paid within five days of receipt.

The aim of this policy is to speed up cash flow from HM Government to its suppliers, particularly Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

We endeavour to pay all correctly rendered invoices as quickly as possible.

We ask that our suppliers ensure that all submitted invoices are accurate, contain a valid purchase order number, and are sent directly to the invoicing address detailed on our purchase orders.

Period Percentage
March 2017 78%
February 2017 75%
January 2017 69%
December 2016 78%
November 2016 86%
October 2016 87%
September 2016 77%
August 2016 87%
July 2016 89%
June 2016 88%
May 2016 86%
April 2016 87%
March 2016 83%
February 2016 85%
January 2016 79%
December 2015 91%


Prompt payment to suppliers for previous years are available on the National Archives.