Infographic: UK Employment At 30.19 Million

Labour market estimates from the Office for National Statistics contains the latest employment, unemployment and average earnings estimates for November 2013 to January 2014.


UK labour market statistics show 72.3% of those aged 16 to 64 are now employed. 30.19 million people are in employment for November 2013 to January 2014, up 105,000 from August to October 2013 and up 459,000 on a year earlier.


The latest UK unemployment rate is 7.2%. From November to January there were 2.33 million unemployed people, 63,000 fewer than August to October 2013  and down 191,000 from a year earlier.

Our latest labour market infographic gives an overview of the new statistics. (view full size)

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Read the full Labour Market Statisics report: ONS Website

Please note: the sum of percentage employed, unemployed and inactive does not equal 100%. See ons site for a full explanation of the data.

Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

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Tor Macleod 10:39

Skills & Employability Review Issue 12


Check your inboxes! Issue 13 of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

In this issue:

    1. Data Is Your Most Important Asset Says The SFA
    2. Funding Update: Funding Follows The Learner Journey
    3. Agency Wants Online Delivery Data

Read Issue 13 online >

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Previous Issues

      • Issue 12 - Using Tech To Transform Education, The Skills Funding Statement & our new Labour Market Infographic…
      • Issue 11 - FELTAG & EdTech In The 1920's, FE Leaders React To Funding Cuts and our New Labour Market Infographic
      • Issue 10 - 5 steps to successful employability provision, highlights from the AoC conference and recommendations to boost engineering skills & training...

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Tor Macleod 07:00

Education Technology: Real Results


Did you miss Angela de Gandy’s presentation at the EduTech Fair?

The Education Technology Fair by the South West Training Provider Network and JISC RSC South West showcased real world examples of how technology is being used in the education sector.

Angela gave a personal account of how Gloucestershire College grew their skills and employability provision from 300 to 2,000 without any additional support staff.

In 3 years Gloucestershire College’s Job Smart team:

  • Expanded and diversified provision to adult community learning, ESOL and traineeships.
  • Increased enrolments and profitability
  • Improved performance, customer experience and learner support.

Thank you to Angela de Gandy for her great presentation at the EduTech Fair 2014. Here are the slides from her talk.

 To find out more read our case study Gloucestershire College: Using Flexible Technology To Track The Learner Journey.pdf

How can Workpepper help you?

Ask us how Workpepper could help you to improve your further education and skills provision. Get in touch on 0203 327 4000 or email

Tor Macleod 12:03

Data Is Your Most Important Asset Says SFA


The student data system is arguably a College’s most important and crucial system - the words of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) in a recent publication on regulatory compliance for FE colleges.

The SFA financial assurances guide advises further education colleges on preparing for financial assurance accountability reviews and audits.

This paragraph stood out for me: 

"The student data system is arguably a College’s most important and crucial system and thus every college needs to ensure this system operates effectively and efficiently, generates accurate and reliable data and is also subject to regular independent third party review."

In a world of big data colleges learner data is one of its most valuable assets and should be treated as such. 

Data Requirements

The guide goes on to cover the basic requirements for management of learner data.

“ The college:

  • must supply information on each individual learner in accordance with the data collections framework
  • needs to be aware of the quality and reliability of its MIS and ILR data
  • needs to be able to return timely and accurate data
  • must be able to provide information that demonstrates its ability to meet the needs of learners

“ The Chief Executive of Skills Funding needs to be assured that the data supplied by the College is:

  • in line with agreed audit arrangements
  • in adherence with the Data Protection Act
  • supports payments received from the Skills Funding Agency on profile
  • enables monetary and data reconciliation to take place
  • supports the contract management and allocation process ”

Did you know? Workpepper ensures that all your data is backed up and managed in an ISO27001 data center; providing you with secure access to records in compliance with data protection standards. Find out more >

Read the full guide; SFA Financial Assurance: Accountability Reviews for FE Colleges >

Tor Macleod 15:28

Funding Update; Funding follows the learner


The UK Government  Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published a new update regarding funding rules for 2014 – 15.  Here's a brief overview of the changes and key points that Further Education Colleges and Training Providers should be aware of.

Evidencing Traineeships

  • Learning Agreements: Now includes assessment of learners participating in a Traineeship. Providers requirements to show that learners will be ready to move onto an Apprenticeship or employment within 6 months.
  • Attendance Records: Now includes requirement to evidence attendance and participation in a work placement for learners taking part in a Traineeship.

“Funding Follows The Learner”

Building on the Government mantra that education should lead to employment, providers’ earnings will be affected successful outcomes.

  • Track the Learner Journey: Funding is distributed over the learner’s journey from starting the programme to achieving the expected outcome.
  • Outcomes: Funding is directly linked to learner retention and achievement of both qualifications and jobs.
  • Providers earn funding for what they deliver, when they deliver it.

Earnings Method

  • Earning Insallments: Earnings are based on monthly instalments so that funding follows the learner for as long as they remain in learning.
  • Learning Aim Achievement: For each learning aim the SFA will hold back 20% of the funding. This will only be paid when the learner achieves their qualification or when the framework is achieved.
  • Recognition of Upfront Costs: There will be  a double payment of the monthly instalments in the first month recognising the upfront costs of enrolling a learner on a learning aim.
  • Non-completers: If the learner leaves early, the monthly instalments will stop.
    • providers could be paid a job outcome payment (equal to half of the achievement element) if the learner leaves early without achieving their qualification to enter work of 16 hours or more a week for at least four weeks in a row. 
    • the provider will earn the outstanding monthly instalments and the remainder of the achievement element if the learner subsequently goes on to achieve the learning aim 

Are you tracking the learner journey in enough detail to meet these requirements?
Find out how we have helped further education and skills providers to improve retention, track learning aim achievements an evidence job outcomes. Tell Me More >

Read the full update from the Skills Funding Agency:

SFA funding rules 2014 to 2015 – summary of changes 

SFA funding rates and formula


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