LMI for All is an online data portal that the UK Commission for Employment and Skills is developing to bring together existing sources of labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s decisions about their careers. The outcome won’t be a new website for individuals to access but a portal that seeks to make the data freely available and to encourage open use by applications and websites which can bring the data to life for varying audiences. The first version is being released at the end of May 2013. This will be fully functional, but not fully automated. This version will be tested, data sources added, and the data tool developed further. A final version of the data portal is due to be released by April 2015 but during the period to this point we will be releasing updated versions.
This service is provided by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a publicly funded, industry led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the UK. LMI for All is being developed by a consortium led by the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick, working with Pontydysgu, Raycom, and Rewired State.
The data are sourced from existing labour market statistics. The data included is from robust sources only. Most of this data has been collected for quite a number of years, but LMI for All brings these sources together for the first time, providing a common and consistent baseline for people to use alongside wider intelligence. Where applicable, the data have been anonymised for privacy reasons – some of the original source data may be more detailed than what is available here. Data source providers include:
In general, the data are quite reliable as long as you are looking at the overall UK figures. At a more regional or more detailed level of job classification, the reliability of the data decreases somewhat due to a smaller number of statistical observations. For this reason, most datasets available via this service provide regional information only down to NUTS-1 regional level.
The vacancy feed comes directly from the Universal Job Match API, provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. We cannot take responsibility for the quality of these vacancy data.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four home nations of the UK. The LMI for All data service is provided free of charge to encourage open use for careers guidance. We do have some technical limits in place so that data requests don’t overwhelm our servers. If you perform a great number of queries for sustained periods of time and hit those limits, contact us to arrange massed query capacity for your institution or company.
We ask that users of LMI for All data please acknowledge the use of our data in applications or websites where appropriate. LMI for All is a source of credible and robust national labour market information, and we know that many end users would view an acknowledgement as a sign of quality assurance. We would ask that you include the statement ‘data powered by LMI for All’ somewhere on your application or website. We ask that you include a link to this website, to enable end users to access information regarding the provenance of the data.
The data tool provides access to LMI that can answer the questions people commonly ask when thinking about their careers, including ‘what do people get paid?’ and ‘what type of person does that job?’ It will include data about characteristics of people who work in different occupations, what level of qualifications they have, how much they get paid, and allow people to make comparisons across different jobs and regions. However, the LMI data provided in the data tool first needs to be converted into a form that can be used for career guidance. Whether it is required for use directly by clients/customers, or with the support of career practitioners, it must be developed into applications that focus on the particular career needs of particular client/customer target groups with particular information needs.
Individual career organisations or sole traders will decide on their particular priority target groups. For example, this might include Year 12 school pupils making decisions about progressing into higher education or University students completing degree study and wishing to move into the labour market. Or priority target groups could be people who have recently been made redundant, or those who wish to have a mid-career change. To bring the LMI data to life, it is likely that the technical developers will need to work with a careers expert who can mediate the LMI requirements for a particular client/customer groups. In this way, developers will understand what data would be useful for these client/customer groups, who are at a particular stage of their career development.
The data available through this service will be updated several times a year, whenever new data comes through the source surveys.
If you have any questions, or need any further help, please use this FAQ space initially. Your feedback is an important part of the ongoing development of this data tool.
The purpose of LMI for All is to make labour market data freely available to the developer community. Application development isn’t UKCES’ speciality and there are plenty of creative people who could do it better. It’s more productive to allow designers to freely access the data and play with it, to find diverse and creative ways of presenting LMI.
If you’re interested in the data LMI for All offers you can use the API Explorer. On our main menu, under ‘Documentation’ select ‘API Explorer’. This takes you to the datasets menu – you’ll see the ten datasets, presented with a forward slash in front (e.g. /hesa is the Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency). Selecting any of these datasets will take you to search options or smaller datasets, a description of which is along the blue bar on the right hand side. The best thing to do first is to go to /soc > /soc/search, and type in the job you’re interested in. The information will appear beneath the search bar in the yellow box. In the yellow box, you’ll see a number of occupations – choose the one which corresponds with your intended job, and take note of its four digit SOC code (e.g. type in ‘Plumber’ and ‘”soc”: 5314, “title”: “Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers”’ will appear below). Once you’ve got the SOC code, you can go into any of the ten datasets from the main menu and type in the SOC code (for a Plumber this is 5314) to get the information you want.
The widget can be used to access and compare key information about occupations to help with exploring potential careers. The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. To build your own widget and get the code to embed it on your organisation’s website, visit the Careerometer Builder.
There are no specific needs for a web site or application to access the API.
The LMIForAll Data API works exactly like many other APIs that are commonly embedded in websites, such as the Google, Twitter or Facebook APIs. Your developers will commonly need knowledge of
These are fairly low technical requirements. Note that querying the API is made even simpler by the fact that you cannot change or update the data, so your developers can get by entirely on GET requests.
The API is intended to allow web site and app developers to access and where required visualise Labour Market information for different client groups with particular careers information needs.