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Regional and Sector Analysis


IER has a substantial and strong track record in subnational labour market analysis, be that focusing on specific geographical areas, or sectors and occupations. This includes examining spatial dimensions of economic, social and demographic change, and the geography of employment and non-employment. IER's work ranges from subregional employment and skills forecasts to qualitative analyses of employment, skills and worklessness, including strategy development.

Research areas

  • Local labour markets
  • Local skills strategy
  • Regional economic development
  • Sectoral employment


We’re all in this together: Strategies for achieving employee retention during COVID-19 (20 October 2020).

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Local labour markets, local skills strategy and regional economic development

Labour market information report, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (2022).

Understanding work, wages and employment in key sectors post Covid – ReWAGE subgroup; abrdn Financncial Fairness Trust (2021 - 2022).

Labour Market and Skills Demand Horizon Scanning and Qualitative Scenarios; Department for Education (2021).

The Midlands Engine Mental Health Productivity Pilot; Nottingham City Council (2019 – 2022).

Inclusive Growth in West and North Yorkshire; West Yorkshire Combined Authority and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) LEP (2019).

Skills report for Sheffield City Region; Sheffield City Region (2021).

Green jobs in the Liverpool City Region; Liverpool City Region (2020 – 2021).

In-work Progression; Liverpool City Region (2020).

Research to support local skills supply and demand interventions; CITB (2018 - 2019).

Productivity and Skills Commission Annual Report; West Midlands Combined Authority (2018).

Sectoral employment

Educational Psychology services: Workforce insights and school perspectives on impact. Department for Education (2022 – 2023).

Green jobs in Scotland? Workforce and demand research;  Skills Development Scotland (2022).

The engineering workforce - current and future challenges, and opportunities to transform; Engineering UK (2021).

Future-proofing apprenticeships; The Co-Operative Group (2020 – 2021).

Migration and Construction in the UK; CITB (2020, 2019, 2018).

Job creation by organisation type - Cooperatives in selected European countries; European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (2018).

How have the UK restaurant and warehousing sectors been affected by the fissuring of the worker-employer relationship in the last 10 years?; BEIS (2018).

Working Futures 2017-2027; Department for Education (2018 - 2019).

Skills Advisory Panels Feasibility Study; Department for Education (2018).