Latest news, events & product updates

Sheffield College
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Customer news: The Sheffield College and Cheshire College South & West


July 2023

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Coleg Gwent

Customer news: Blackburn College and Coleg Gwent


March 2023

barking and Dagenham College
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Customer news: Barking and Dagenham College, Pathway Group, Impact Futures


June 2022

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Customer news: Truro and Penwith College


April 2022

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Customer news: Lancaster & Morecambe College


March 2022

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Customer news: The College of West Anglia


February 2022

Labour Insight

Important news about Labour Insight

Emsi Burning Glass and Active Informatics Ltd have jointly agreed to conclude their reseller agreement – effective from 8th November 2021 and as such all Labour Insight contracts are now direct with Emsi Burning Glass. If you have any questions about Labour Insight please contact Emsi Burning Glass VP, UK Operations, John Gray at

November 2021

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Customer news: Farnborough College of Technology and West Herts College Group

Farnborough College of Technology and West Herts College Group are the latest education providers to make the switch away from inflexible or ill-suited CRM systems to the latest singular Cloud based platform for apprenticeships and commercial teams.

November 2021

Blackpool and the Fylde College

Blackpool and the Fylde College case study

Blackpool and the Fylde College and Dynamics 365 Education

May 2021


Labour Insight case study

University of Connecticut (Via Burning Glass Technologies US)

April 2021

Building Bridges report

Building bridges towards future jobs

A new report by City & Guilds and Burning Glass Technologies

March 2021


Labour Insight customer news


January 2021

Real time data for careers advisors

Labour Insight: New feature - skills description pop-ups

Regular Labour Insight users will have noticed a new feature – inbuilt skills descriptions.  The new pop ups appear in any report that features skills, if you place the cursor over the skill name.

January 2021

G-Cloud 12

We are now a G-Cloud 12 supplier

G-Cloud 12 helps customers in the UK public sector find and buy cloud computing services. We pleased to confirm we are now a G-Cloud 12 supplier of Microsoft Dynamics 365 licensing, training, implementation, support. For any support needs – please get in touch with the team.

October 2020


Seetec Pluss

Labour Insight Case Study

Seetec Pluss – leading national disability employment specialist

October 2020


Pathway Group

Labour Insight customer news

Pathway Group

September 2020


University of Birmingham

Dynamics 365 Education customer news

London & South East Education Group (LSEC) and Coleg y Cymoedd

September 2020


University of Birmingham

Labour Insight customer news

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP and the University of Birmingham

July 2020


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Dynamics 365 Education: A new case study - Chichester College Group

June 2020


Dynamics 365 Education now with Recognition of Prior Learning module

April 2020


Dynamics 365 Education latest customer news

February 2020


Dynamics 365 Education latest customer news

November 2019


Labour Insight latest customer news

October 2019

We’re delighted to welcome a Local Enterprise Partnership; a Combined Authority, and a leading University to our list of valued Labour insight clients recently.

Dynamics 365 Education launched into Universities

October 2019

The new CRM to manage Degree Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement is now available to Universities.  Used widely by FE Colleges, we have developed a system better suited to HE settings.

Bradford College Chooses Active

June 2019

The college is looking to replace an old on-premise system with the latest Cloud based system from Microsoft to give them the flexibility they need across all their sites.

Chichester College Group chooses Active as CRM and web portal provider

June 2019

Chichester College needed an education specific CRM that would allow them to manage information easily and securely across all four Group sites.

Skills report: No Longer Optional

June 2019

Employer Demand for Digital Skills. Commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Skills report: Visualizing the Future

June 2019

Demand for 3D Graphics and Real-time 3D Across the Economy (US). Commissioned by Epic Games.

Customer news: The University of Edinburgh

15th January 2019

The University of Edinburgh are using two of our Labour Insight tools – the UK and the US versions – to give them greater market insights to develop and promote their online learning programme.

'Job readiness' more important to UK employers than academic credentials

17th December 2018

A new study by researchers at Cardiff University using Labour Insight data shows that only 18 per cent of job adverts specified a qualification requirement.

Labour Insight for International Job Markets Now Available

10th October 2018

International labour market data is increasingly being used by top UK universities for increase their global competitive edge. Labour Insight is a tool that can provide real-time labour market data to support critical decisions within higher education.

Now available: Labour Insight US, Canada, Singapore and Australia/New Zealand.

FE College of the year chooses Active as CRM supplier

5th September 2018

FE College of the Year Fareham College is the latest college to choose Active as their new Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM provider.

Trafford College Chooses Active as CRM and Portal Supplier

3rd September 2018

One of the leading providers of education and training in Manchester – The Trafford College Group – has chosen Active to supply their new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Education CRM, with Apprentice and Employer portal.

Active now offering Dynamics 365 Support-Only Service

21st August 2018

Our Dynamics 365 Support-Only Service includes four days development time; on top of year-round bug-fixes and help-desk support, all for less than £7000.

New labour market insight for Surrey County Council

10th July 2018

We’re delighted that Surrey County Council are now using our careers advise tool Careers Explorer to bring helpful and engaging careers information to residents and local training providers.

Student Talent Portal: Transforming Apprenticeships Management For Colleges

10th July 2018

You can now manage college apprenticeship placements via a new self-service web portal which gives students access to the latest vacancies; and gives employers access to the best candidate profiles within the college Talent Pool.

Mid-year Salary Snapshot: Salaries drop for 3rd year running

19th June 2018

The mean salary in the UK has dropped for the 3rd year running according to the latest data from job vacancy data tool Labour Insight.  In total mean job salaries are down 4% from those advertised in 2015.

Labour Insight is the only Labour Market tool that offers real time job vacancy information, including salary by education, taken from jobs posted from the last 48 hours and going back to 2012.

Candidates with Degrees and Higher Degrees still command the highest salaries but even among these groups, the average advertised salary has fallen. Conversely, for lower paid roles specifying qualifications to GCSE / Level 2, advertised salaries have grown – by 25% since 2016.

The pressure on higher salaries is likely due to a combination of the effects of Brexit uncertainty and rising inflation according to US firm Korn Ferry.

Salary data is taken from a minimum of 539,000 job postings per annum.



The chart above contains job vacancy salary information taken from those job postings where salary and education details are specified.  Many job postings do not specify this information.  Total number of job postings where salary was listed is noted below.

Data for 2018 includes vacancy data up to and including 10th June 2018.

Labour Insight ™ is the largest single source of real-time Labour Market Information (LMI) available in the UK, allowing understanding of the labour market on local, regional and national terms; and to a granular level of detail.  Active are resellers for Burning Glass Technologies.  Contact us for a free online demonstration.

Salary information from Labour Insight may differ from ONS data which is based on the Labour Force Survey of people in employment (estimates), rather than advertised salaries.

Schools Liaison feature for Dynamics 365 Education

22nd May 2018

It’s important for Colleges to engage with schools in their local area, in order for students to make the progression into Further Education. This contact could happen in a number of ways, for example, school assemblies, Information, Advice and Guidance, open evenings or taster sessions.

Colleges should keep an ongoing record of the different interactions that they are having with potential feeder schools, so that they can then assess whether a particular event or liaison has worked well in terms of recruiting students.

A simple solution for data collection

As a result of customer demand, our Dynamics team developed the Schools Liaison feature within Dynamics 365 Education – which captures information about the schools that a college works with, and the different liaison types that have taken place. Reports can be produced from the college CRM to establish which schools most students have came from, and which liaison types worked, and which didn’t.  Colleges can use this information strategically as evidence to form the basis of their recruitment activities for next year.

If you’d like to see the Schools Liaison feature, or Dynamics 365 Education as a whole, please ask a member of our team about our short online demonstrations.

Book a demo.

Read more about Dynamics 365 for Education.

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College choose Dynamics 365 for Education to help restructure their business development strategy

12th February 2018

North Warwickshire & Hinckley College recently merged with South Leicestershire College and as part of the College’s restructuring of their business development strategy, they wanted to adopt a CRM solution to structure and cement their departmental processes.

In response to their interest, the Dynamics team at Active arranged an on-site workshop with key departments to identify the key process requirements to manage Apprenticeship vacancies, candidates, Health & Safety, employer complaints, full cost courses etc. It was important to understand the type of solution they specifically needed. We were then able to produce a detailed proposal which would deliver our Dynamics 365 for Education solution, including additional bespoke workflows configured to match the College’s processes with the reassurance of the CRM’s flexibility to further configure if and when changes to Further Education protocols demand it in the future.

Based on our service, expertise and experience of delivering Microsoft Dynamics 365 into numerous Further Education Colleges, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College chose to work with Active Informatics for at least the next three years.

Read more about Dynamics 365 for Education.

The British Film Institute (BFI) appoint Active Informatics as its preferred CRM provider

12th January 2017

The British Film Institute (BFI) are a film and charitable organisation which promotes and preserves film-making and television in the UK. Founded in 1933, the BFI award Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence & research.

As part of BFI2022, their five-year strategic plan to shape the BFI’s next chapter for film, television and moving image, the BFI have appointed Active to implement our Dynamics 365 membership solution to enhance the way they maintain contact information and improve the overall communication with their learners and alumni, through on-line digital channels, including a self-service members portal

Read more about Dynamics 365 Membership.

London Metropolitan University subscribe to Labour Insight

7th December 2017

London Metropolitan University have recently subscribed to Labour Insight, our real-time Labour Market Information tool. The student recruitment team were looking to utilise real-time LMI data to help them:

  • Identify new undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to meet the needs of employers and the wider economy.
  • Review the modules of existing programmes; mapping to new skills that employers require from our graduates to improve outcomes.

If you’d like to see how the Labour Insight tool can benefit your University, get in touch with our HE team today for an informal chat.

Labour Insight users survey

12 October 2017

Results show quality data is bringing tangible results

Labour Insight - September Update

8th September 2017

Fresh perspectives = more (labour) insight!

Labour Insight - June Update

19th June 2017

Our data pool is about to get clearer!

Labour Insight - Spring update

10th March 2017

Key changes to Labour Insight since 2nd May 2017

Active customer survey – the results are in!

On ‘likelihood to recommend to others’, we scored a fantastic 8.5 out of 10 on average!