People, Positions and Places

Using Labour Market Information to Improve Locational Decision Making

Williams M, Maginn A, Reilly P | HR Network Paper MP5 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jul 2001

The main aim of the project was to investigate the use of labour market information (LMI) in decisions about where to locate business premises and jobs in the UK.

Anecdotal information had suggested that expensive mistakes can occur where LMI is either not used, is misunderstood, or is marginalised in relation to other factors. The project has looked for evidence to back up such anecdotal information and we found some limited evidence of this.

Our view, based on work to date, was that, while we uncovered some interesting and hopefully valuable information, it would be helpful to take the work forward in more depth in the future.