Labour market analysis and forecasting

Keeping up with the fast pace of developments in the labour market is essential for developing policy and for organisations making employment decisions.

Contact: Annette Cox

We conduct studies analysing labour market trends at international, national, local, sectoral and occupational levels, as well as carrying out specific research for employers.

We can combine data on economic trends, employment trends, education and skills supply, and population change to help clients understand the implications for their nation, region, sector, organisation or workforce.

We have extensive expertise in using key labour market datasets such as:

  • Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey;
  • Employer Skills Survey;
  • Census of Population; and
  • Understanding Society and other longitudinal panel data sets.

We are also experienced in using sources of information on learners, such as the Individual Learner Record or surveys of higher education entrants and leavers and linking learner data to information from benefit recipients or tax payers, while fully respecting anonymity and data protection.

We can also design bespoke surveys and use a range of other methods (such as focus groups, workshops, interviews, literature reviews and scenario-building) to add depth and nuance to quantitative projections.

IES experts

Annette Cox

Matthew Williams

Annette Cox
Director, Employment Policy Research

Matthew Williams
Senior Research Fellow

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