UK Employer Skills Surveys for UKCES

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) wanted to assess skill shortages and skill gaps in the UK economy.

How did IFF illuminate the situation with research?

IFF Research conducted the UK Employer Skills Surveys in 2011, 2013 and 2015 for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and are delighted to have been re-commissioned by the Department for Education to lead the 2017 study.

This large-scale bi-annual employer survey (considered to be the largest business-to-business survey conducted in the UK) provides policy makers with definitive information on the extent, nature, causes and impacts of skill deficiencies across the UK, and the response of employers, and how these are changing over time.

In examining such issues as the number of employers unable to recruit the staff with the skills and qualifications they need, the impact this has, the occupations where these skills shortages most commonly occur, and the amount and nature of training that employers undertake, the survey results are used by government departments across the devolved administrations, sector-bodies, and those with regional and local skill remits for designing and assessing skills policy.

With such a deep involvement in the recent development of skill studies across the UK, IFF has been instrumental in ensuring a consistency of approach and thereby enabling the development of a comprehensive, detailed time series of data.

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