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Sources for local labour market intelligence relating to step 3

This page provides a list of key robust, local-level labour market sources i.e. those that provide data below a regional level. It covers datasets that provide information on a range of areas rather than just one LA or city, allowing for direct comparisons across different areas and against national performance.

The vast majority of the sources listed are publically available, but a few have a registration process that must be followed before access to the full dataset is granted.

LMI Dataset Details
Skills Area
All Ireland research observatory
Produces interactive maps for small areas within Ireland using a range of official data, including census data.
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Area based analysis, Office of national statistics
A collection of analysis on a range of ONS variables. Available at a mix of local geographies within the UK including LA level. Includes data and interactive graphics on population, employment rate, unemployment rate, child and working tax credits claimants, average personal income and number of businesses per 10,000 residents.
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Census
Annual population estimates broken down by age, gender, minority and ethnic group. Additionally provides data on the industry and occupation of workers, qualification level and the commuting flows of workers to jobs. Available down to postcode level at a resident and work place basis.
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Employer Perspective Survey (EPS), UKCES
Details on training and staff development, including organisations used to deliver training and if apprenticeships and work placements are offered. Details on recruitment by broad age group and relevance of qualifications are also given. Available at LEP level for England.
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Employer Skills Survey (ESS), UKCES
Recruitment and training by occupation, including preparedness for work of young people, average number of days training undertaken and qualification level of those undertaking training. Also contains data on employer reported skill shortage and gaps, vacancies, hard to fill vacancies and under use of skills. Available down to LA and LEP level for England.
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LEP network
Provides a link to each of the 39 LEPs in England, which produce LMI reports and combine official statistics to provide a labour market overview of the LEP. Includes some graphics and smaller geographic breakdown of data.
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Neighbourhood stats
Provides local data on a range of variables through entering the postcode or name of a local area. Includes data around the themes of education, skills and training; population and migration; and economic deprivation, along with interactive graphics.
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Participation of local areas (POLAR), Higher education funding council
Data on young people’s likelihood of participating in higher education across the UK, available at a variety of geographies, including LA and individual school level. Includes interactive and static maps.
England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
hefce.ac.uk
http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/
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Regional observatories, Wales
Produce publically available LMI reports for LA within Wales. Also provides LA level labour market data collated from other sources (including ONS), grouped together under the themes of education, people and economy.
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Skills development Scotland
Publishes LMI profiles for Scottish LAs available via the search function on the main website.
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UKCES LEP summaries
Draws together findings from three UKCES sources (Employer Skills Survey, Employer Perspectives Survey and Working Futures) into separate LEP level reports, with the aim of making it simpler and easier to find and access UKCES local level data.
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