Our council and LEP customers are among the most ardent users of Labour Insight; and were the earliest adopters of the tool when it was launched in the UK back in 2012.  As the largest single source of real-time LMI in the UK, using data from close to 40,000 sources, one customer described Labour Insight as “The Voice of the Employer“, and we think that’s a really apt analogy.

I regularly help customers get the most from the data available within Labour Insight – showing them useful time-saving tricks; as well as assisting with more complex detailed reports. I’ve listed some of the many ways our customers use Labour Insight below.  If you’d like to see how Labour Insight can help you with this list, do get in touch and we’ll be happy to show you.

Reporting and research

1. As part of an economic update – See this example from Tees Valley Combined Authority
2. As part of Labour Market Intelligence updates – See this example from Buckinghamshire Council 
3. As part of the local skills strategy – See this example from Oxfordshire LEP
4. For research in the skills requirements for developing local policies in accordance with national strategies such as Low Carbon and the Clean Growth Strategy.

Skills Advisory Panel analysis

5. Skills Advisory Panels are being implemented to help Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships fulfil their local leadership role in the skills system by helping them understand their current and future skills needs and labour market challenges. Many councils and LEPs are using Labour Insight to analyse skills demand; skills supply; as well as skills mapping – all forming part of the SAP Analytical Framework.

Filling the skills gaps

6. Identify what skills are needed by local employers to support growth and work with local education providers to fill that need.
7. Provide evidence to support local government and business groups.
8. Produce LMI pack for schools and colleges to inform young people early on and help them to make realistic careers decisions. Many councils and LEPs have said that these programmes have been very successful.
9. Understand what occupations are growing and declining.

Job Centre information

10. Provide information for job centres on occupations that are growing in your area as well as the skills and qualifications required.
11. Provide evidence in support of up-skilling and re-skilling to find employment or switch to a better career.
12. Use Labour Insight live or the download of postings for one-to-one or group sessions.
13. Provide information on local apprenticeships.
14. Identify employers that are hiring for speculative applications.


15. Careers Hubs are using Labour Insight to accelerate progress against The Gatsby Benchmarks
16. Provide information for careers organisations working with the unemployed, school and college leavers as well as fresh graduates.
17. Provide evidence in support of up-skilling and re-skilling to find employment or switch to a better career.
18. Identify employers that are hiring for speculative applications.

Inward investment

19. Understand the requirements of employers that are considering moving to the area.
20. Use Labour Insight to provide evidence that your area is more attractive to an employer than a competing area with, for example, lower salaries.

These are just the first few uses for Labour Insight that have come to mind.  Every week we support customers with bespoke report building – no two cases are the same.  In supporting our Labour Insight customers, we are developing an incredible in-house knowledge base, and we gladly share this as part of our customer support programme.

If you are working in a local government setting, and you need access to real-time labour market data for any other the above, do get in touch.


Labour Insight Product Specialist