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Selected sources of LMI

Contribution from Sally-Anne Barnes

bis.pngUK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS covers policy around skills, higher education, innovation, science, business and trade. It offers a range of research and publications on the labour market.

dfe.pngDepartment for Education

Offers a range of information and publications on education policy. Local education achievement and attainment tables by region, local area and school.



Habia is the government approved standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails and spa, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications. It provides a range of information on the sector including LMI.

hesa.pngHigher Education Statistics Agency

HESA is the central source for the collection and dissemination of statistics about publicly funded UK higher education.

LMI FT logoNGRF - LMI Future Trends

The LMI future trends section of the NGRF website has information on 25 sectors and broad occupational areas. The information has been composed from a range of high quality sources, thus ensuring that it is up-to-date, reliable and impartial. It brings together key research and information from leading datasets, linking to full texts and leading organisations in the sectors. Each sector includes:

  • Sector information – sector profile, skills gaps and shortages, future employment and drivers
  • Regional and national dimension – what’s happening in your area
  • Occupations – job information, salary levels and occupational demands
  • Equal opportunity issues – key statistics, issues and challenges
  • Education and training – qualification profile, education and training opportunities
  • Links and sources – hyperlinks to the full texts and additional resource

Emp survey

National Employer Skills Survey for England 2009

This presents results from the National Employers Skills Survey for England 2009 (UKCES, 2010). It includes: the incidence, extent and nature of skills problems facing employers; employer training activity and training spend; and employers’ product market strategies. This is disaggregated organizational size, sector (defined by both Standard Industrial Classification and Sector Skills Council footprint) and English region. Analysis is undertaken in the context of the recession.

ncvo.pngNational Council for Voluntary Organisations

The NCVO provides information and LMI on the voluntary and community sector.


Neighbourhood Statistics

Neighbourhood Statistics (run by the Office for National Statistics), offer local LMI on a range of topics, including education, skills and training, population, services, crime and safety, health, migration etc. Searches can be undertaken by area or postcode.


Next Step

On the Next Step website, there are factsheets detailing key job market information for each sector of the economy. These were developed by DMH Associates and Warwick Institute for Employment Research using reports from each of the Sector Skills Councils. Each factsheet includes an overview of the types of jobs in an industry, skills employers want, employment trends and salary data.


Nomis is provided by the Office for National Statistics. Users are able to access detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources. Local area summaries are available and data are comparable to regions and nations. Trend data are also available.

ons.png Office for National Statistics

ONS is a governemental website offering a range of data and statitics on education, employment, unemployment, the ecobnomy and population. Regional profiles are also provide with key indicators listed.

ssc.pngSector Skills Councils (SSCs)

The Sector Skills Councils are independent, employer-led organisations which support the development of sector workforce the skills and productivity of their sector's workforce. There are 22 SSCs each representing different parts of the UK labour market. It is there remit to collect labour market intelligence, influence the development of qualifications and apprenticeships that impact on the delivery of training throughout the UK.


Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is an agency for BIS which regulates and funds adult further education and skills training in England. It produces a range of publications on the labour market.

ukces.pngUK Commission for Employment and Skills

The UKCES is a Non-Departmental Public Body providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four nations of the UK. It offers a range of research on the labour market. The UKCES is pulling together a range of data and sources on the UK labour market. Raw data from a range of sources can be accessed using their data tool.

wfiii.pngWorking Futures 2007-2017 (Wilson, Homenidou and Gambin, 2010)

This is the third in a series of reports which provide a comprehensive review of the implications of technological change, changes in government policy and legislation, and changes in other economic and social drivers for the UK labour market. It presents a detailed analysis by industry and geography of the changing demand for labour. The projections are set into an historical context in order to compare the outlook for the next decade or so with recent experience.