LMI Bulletin (Issue 468)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin (Issue 468)


Local Skills Reports
The question that IAG workers often look for an answer to is what are the skills needs in my area? 38 Skills Advisory Panels around England including those run by Cumbria LEP, NELEP and Tees Valley Combined Authority, have been given the task to produce a Local Skills Report by March 2021. Just published, is a chapter by chapter guidance document on what is expected in the report including describing the key skills strengths - where these is a strong supply of certain skills and skills needs - where there is a current gap or anticipated growth in demand, There is also an analytical toolkit and a 20 page listing of the sources which they could/should use. I would leave your local skills team alone for a few months.

Employer Skills Survey
One of the sources provided in the above listing of sources is the new Employer Skills Survey which snuck past in October without us noticing. This new version of the survey which was last carried out in 2017, now incorporates the Employer Perspectives Survey which focussed on what drives decisions around recruitment and people development, as well as involvement and experiences with specific programmes such as apprenticeships. Together they provide the largest skills survey of employers in the UK (although excludes Scotland this time). The interviews with 81,000 employers were conducted in the last six months of 2019.  Some of the headlines are

  • although only 5% of employers described having skills shortage vacancies - similar to the figure from the previous survey  - 24% of vacancies were skills shortage vacancies (these are any vacancies that are proving hard
    to fill due to a lack of skills, experience or qualifications among applicants)
  • the sectors with the highest density of skills shortage vacancies were construction and manufacturing with over a third of vacancies in each case
  • in terms of occupations the job role with the highest volume of skill-shortage vacancies were care workers and home carers followed by nurses. In terms of density of vacancies i.e. proportion then it was carpenters and joiners with two thirds of vacancies hard to fill. 

We will provide more findings from the survey in the coming versions of the bulletin.

The Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) is the official source of employees by industry at a detailed level. It is published annually and somewhat retrospectively - the November 2020 publication is drawn from a survey sample of 85,000 business as at September 2019 so again predates the COVID-19 disruptions to the labour market. From a careers perspective, industry is always arguably less helpful the occupation but it does provide a useful source when understanding where people work in the sense of type of business. For example, looking at Cumbria, over half of employees work in these nine industry classifications - retail, health  and education account for a quarter of employees. It also makes you explore areas such as what us meant by the types manufacturing - base metals and other transport equipment. 

Amazing Apprenticeships Parents' Pack
An update of the Parents' and Carers' Pack on apprenticeships. "In the November issue we look at the regional Apprenticeship Awards, WorldSkills UK Live, Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, a Traineeship case study, apprenticeships in traditional trade areas"

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
One other piece of LMI which was released this month was the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. This sampling of employee earnings and hours took place on the 22nd April at which time approximately 8.8 million employees were furloughed. ONS have had to do some clever work to provide a robust set of data as at this time, the estimate was that 17% of furloughed employees were on 80% pay.  The ASHE data is use in LMI for All and provides the upper and lower occupational pay scales amongst other things. One outcome is the update of the average pay for workers. The chart shows this for all full-time workers, working in the areas shown. Something to compare yourself to. 


Bulletin date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020 - 15:00