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  1. Employment, Skills & Learning in South West England Mark Spilsbury

  2. Content • National Employer Skills Survey, 2003; • state of the labour market; • raising demand for skills: • business planning • training • conclusions.

  3. National Employer Skills Survey • national employer survey; • fieldwork details: • 72,100 interviews nationally; 7,203 in South West; • minimum of 800 per LSC; • representative of local LSC business base • 25 minute interview with manager in overall charge of personnel issues; • fieldwork April – July, 2003; • unparalleled consistent information on areas and sectors.

  4. State of the labour market • employment trends; • vacancies; • skill gaps;

  5. Employment trends • low unemployment; • employment growth; • projections for further growth: • implications for next 12 months; • longer term growth

  6. Change in employment over next 12 months

  7. Longer term trends

  8. Areas of employment growth • employment in all occupational areas due to increase in absolute terms; • some increase more than others, so relative shares change: • increased shares in Professional, Associate professional, Leisure & personal service and sales; • decreased shares for Elementary, Skilled trades, Machine operatives, Administrative & secretarial.

  9. Vacancies

  10. Relative importance of vacancies

  11. Vacancies and size of establishment • larger establishments are more likely to have each of the vacancy types; • but largest % of each type of vacancies are actually amongst small firms.

  12. Occupational area of vacancies

  13. Skill gaps

  14. Occupational area of skill gaps

  15. Nature of skill gaps

  16. Cause of skill gaps

  17. Raising the demand for skills? • issue is demand-related, not weaknesses of skills supply? • low-wage, low productivity economy; • strategic, market management issues; • business support needed: skills an important but subsiduary issue?

  18. Business planning, etc

  19. Delivering training

  20. Conclusions • picture is positive: low unemployment, high employment; • are vacancies a real issue? • higher level of internal skill gaps: linked to recruiting ‘below standard’? • how to raise demand may become a bigger issue: • low levels of planning • low levels of training activity • how to cope with occupational shift? • role for SSCs?