My guide to getting the most from Labour Insight as an Adult Skills Coordinator – by a Stacey, Labour Insight user.

Labour Market Information available using Labour Insight:

  • Top employers
  • Most in demand job titles
  • Skills and qualification demand
  • Salary brackets
  • Information at a granular level
  • Live job vacancies
  • An overview of job market historically (to 2012)

How I primarily use Labour insight:

As an Adult Skills Coordinator I mainly focus on producing job postings, skills, and qualifications reports:

  • Jobs posted – Locality, number of jobs, sector/groupings and movement within the labour market
  • Skills and Qualifications – Locality, what skills and qualifications employers are requesting and which skills are transferable.

Jobs Posted

‘Jobs posted’ allows me to look at all the jobs posted with a selected time scale and area. I can use this information to see just how many jobs are currently available within my local area and break this down by borough.

I can look at groupings to see what the most requested jobs are, for example since Covid 19 the spike in job numbers for Education and Health care has spiked in contrast to previous years. Job groupings such as cleaning services have jumped up and now regularly feature in the top 10 most in-demand roles.

This allows me to confidently talk about the labour market at a local level – to show the impact Covid 19 has had on the jobs market, to see what is available for our clients and how ‘travel to work’ areas come into play when we look at some boroughs having a greater number of job postings.

Skills and Qualifications

These reports show what employers are listing in job descriptions – what they want in relation to skills and experience.

We can look at the qualifications requested overall and again break down by borough.

When we look at the skills within clusters, we can see the transferable skill sets that cross over sectors. Isolating a client’s skill set and matching it to the skill cluster and then looking at the sectors associated can suggest other sectors or roles they could potentially go in to.

You can see that employers most frequently ask for experience of a skill set rather than a particular qualification, and you can see this across low level and entry level jobs. This shows us that when looking at securing work the skill set needs to be matched by experience rather than a qualification for example. A participant that has over 6 years working in a project management office doing data entry with no qualifications in project management would stand a higher chance of gaining a similar role than someone that had qualifications but no relevant sector experience.

Who the data is shared with

I deliver this information to a variety of internal and external stakeholders via

  • LEP/CA quarterly report
  • Local Adult Education Budget Council meetings
  • Monthly LEP/CA update report
  • Team Managers – Caseload reviews
  • Group Facilitators.

LEP/CA – quarterly reports covering the whole region. I look at jobs and skills, and break this down over area map including numbers of listings and highlight any changes or gaps.  The data will show where the jobs are, how many, and which sectors and travel to work areas they are in.

Local AEB Council Meetings – Similar to above but on a local level, so the councils can see what is being requested in the area, and see local data that is live with only a 24 hour delay.

Monthly LEP/CA reports – locality broken down over jobs and skills which we can match to clients request.

Team Managers – use this when doing caseload reviews, looking at sector areas and skill sets. Education employment coaches see wider pictures of the labour market movement and where a client could find employment. For example, if a client wants to work in retail but the demand is low, we can use this data to see the number of jobs in each area for retail and then support them by seeing which other sectors are similar and actively recruiting.

Group Facilitators – the data I share gives insight into the labour market and brings real-time data and guidance to group sessions. We look at transferable skill sets, up-skilling and sectors in high demand.

In summary

Labour Insight gives great insight into the jobs market and the skills requested by employers. The tool enables me to offer more in-depth context to my reports and link them in real time with real job adverts. There is so much you can do and I feel like I have only just scratched the surface.