Sector Skills Research and Market Intelligence

We’re the sector’s leading authority on skills and workforce development in the UK. Our unique market intelligence, skills and policy expertise give us substantial links with industry professionals.

What We Do

With access to all of the UK’s leading skills, employment and population datasets, as well as significant skills policy expertise, we can provide you with up-to-date, detailed analysis and advice on the state of skills and employment in your sector, region or nation.

We cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Investigations into specific skills/talent shortages within a particular sector or geographic area (local, regional, national, international)
  • Providing the latest information on skills policies around the UK, including the apprenticeship levy
  • Assessing the supply of relevant talent emerging from schools, colleges and universities

Our Contributions

In recent years we have:

  • Provided policy analysis and review papers on a range of relevant topics
  • Given evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on skills shortages affecting the electricity sector, resulting in 12 occupations being placed on the UK’s Shortage Occupation List
  • Partnered with Oxera and the Rail Skills Strategy Board to provide skills intelligence and labour modelling expertise relating to the economic impact of a potential rail Centre of Excellence
  • Supplied Skills Development Scotland with in-depth analysis of the current and future demand for skills and labour across Scotland’s renewables and power grid sectors, resulting in an updated Energy Skills Investment Plan
  • Supported Tribal Group to deliver a pilot Labour Market Observatory in the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Conducted an in-depth review of the skills required to deliver Scotland’s Smart Grids strategy (commissioned by Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Energy Skills Partnership)
  • Contributed the skills and market intelligence needed to underpin the Energy and Utilities Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy: 2020

Find Out More

If you would like to talk to us about our services and work, please contact us on 0845 077 99 22 or email

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