This interactive tool enables users to explore demand for particular mid-skill roles and the potential salary benefits and likely levels of competition for these positions. The findings can be shown at UK-wide, national and regional levels, and within selected local enterprise partnership areas.
Watch the introductory video here:
Important considerations as you use the tool:
From the homepage, you can explore occupational prospects by location. The two categories on the main view are:
These charts are best viewed in combination.
To explore prospects across the UK for a given occupation, select an occupation from the bar chart. This brings up a data panel on the top left and an option to compare data for this occupation across locations.
In the occupation table, you can browse job concentration and job prospects (openings, salary, employment opportunity) across locations. Job concentration can also be visualised in a map.
The tool shows information on mid-skilled jobs, as defined by the Office for National Statistics’ standard occupational classification codes. These include roles in the following major occupation groups:
All data are from 2014, the most recent year for which both job-posting and educational data are available.
Mid-skilled jobs are usually defined as those that do not require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent-level qualification, but require some postsecondary education or on-the-job training. This makes these jobs ideal for further education finishers. For the purposes of this tool, higher education graduates with an appropriate degree are included in the calculations of jobseekers for those occupations in which they compete with further education finishers. This is based on actual destination data of graduates as shown in the Labour Force Survey. Employers recruiting for these occupations frequently request degree-level or equivalent qualifications, and similarly graduates are not prohibited from applying for mid-skilled roles.
Though this tool provides the most comprehensive and detailed free-to-use dashboard of supply and demand in the UK, the following limitations should be taken into account when interpreting the data.
It is important to note that this tool only focuses on mid-skilled occupations. This means that occupations that require a bachelor’s degree or higher are excluded. Occupations that do not require any formal qualifications or training are also excluded from this tool, since the number of job-seekers cannot be meaningfully quantified.
Some occupations do not have specific qualifications or subject-specific requirements (such as sales, marketing and related associate professionals). As a result of this, and despite the fact that many people with a broad range of qualifications can apply for these occupations, they frequently appear ‘undersupplied’ in the tool, i.e. when the “job opportunity” is low.
Some occupations do not rely solely on FE finishers or HE graduates from their immediate location. Many people travel to find work, often moving across the country. Other occupations, such as those on the Migration Advisory Committee’s shortage occupation list, may rely more heavily on jobseekers arriving from outside the UK.
Burning Glass Technologies (BGT) acknowledge that not all jobs are posted online, although a comparison of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) employment data and BGT postings data for UK in 2014 showed a 94 per cent correlation between ASHE and BGT occupational distributions. The BGT posting data slightly overestimate the proportion of professional and associate professional occupations, while slightly underestimating the proportion of elementary occupations.