Infographic - UK Labour Market March 2013

UK Labour Market Statistics, March 2013

This months labour market statistics issue by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate the UK workforce from November 2012 to 2013. 

See our Labour Market Infographic for a snapshot of the UK employment, unemployed and economic inactive population.

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Tor Macleod 09:59

42% of Employers Don't Know You Can Train 16-18 Apprentices For Free

youth labour marketThis week the skills experts from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published a report into youth unemployment and youth labour market. 

“The level of youth unemployment is staggering considering the skills shortages in sectors which are vital to our economy, like engineering and manufacturing. This is proof enough that the links between the education system, the skills system and the employment system are just not strong as they should be." - Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and UKCES

The report Scaling the Youth Employment Challenge highlights that although there is a broad awareness of Apprentiships, a large number of employers are unaware of the extent of government financial support.

42% of employers surveyed did not know that the government would subsidise in full the cost of training 16-18 year old apprentices. Even those offering apprenticeships where unfamiliar with this. This lack of awareness of financial support available could be a barrier to employers taking on apprentices.

Tor Macleod 14:10

Europe Prioritises IT training

The European Commission has launched the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to boost employment in the IT sector.


Unlike most job markets IT jobs are one of the few areas where there are more vacancies than there are people to fill them.

With the support of IT businesses, governments and training providers the Coalition for Digital Jobs aims to tackle the 'it skills gap' by promoting skills and training to improve the attractiveness of IT careers. Organisations who have already pledged their support include eSkills, European Schoolnet and the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies.

I congratulate e-skills UK on creating a coalition of employers
and stakeholders to address the pressing issues of IT skills development:
they have rich experience and are a pathfinder for the aspirations of
the Grand Coalition across Europe.

- Andre Richier, European Commission Directorate General,
Enterprise and Industry

IT workers make up 3% of the total European workforce - with 6.7 million IT  professionals working in Europe in 2011. This area has shown steady and significant growth growing by roughly 4% each year. Despite current levels of unemployment digital jobs are one of the few areas where demand exceeds supply.

Origianlly posted on read the full article Industry Leaders Pledge to Bridge IT Skills Gap >>

Macleod Associates Newsletter Issue 2


Issue 2 of the Macleod Associates Skills & Employability Review is out!

In this issue we have some brand new info-graphics, news highlights, blogs and an exclusive invitation to a LSIS best practice event.


  • Info-graphic: The UK Labour Market
  • Guide to FE Learning Technology
  • Making the Skills System More Responsive to Employer Demand
  • Info-graphic: Assessment of Unit Delivery Trials
  • Does Vocational Learning Deliver Long Term Results?
  • Matthew Hancock speaks to FE governors 

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LSIS Best Practice - Getting People Back Into Work

27 March - Gloucestershire

As part of an LSIS project Gloucestershire and 7 other colleges are working on a best practice model to enable colleges and other providers to share ideas and work together to improve the programmes offered to support the unemployed. This one day event will feature a seminar and workshop on best practice and integrating successful systems.

Come and join in the discussion hear how other colleges are improving and tracking job outcomes. Help to shape the future best practice model. Please note that this is an invitation only event and places are subject to limited availability. We have been allocated a guest list, to book a place please call us on 0203 327 1996 or email Diana R for more information.

Previous Issues

  • Issue 1 - The Missing Link Between Education & Employment, INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey...
Tor Macleod 09:29

Lastest figures on UK Labour Market

Latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics indicate that the level of unemployment within the UK has continued to fall. The UK unemployment rate has decreased by 0.1% to 2.5 million, with 154,000 more people now in full or part-time employment. However this increase has yet to offset to fall post recession (2008).

See our Labour Market Infographic for more information (click image to view in full)

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Full the full report visit the Office for National Standards

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Tor Macleod 12:40


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