LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications.

The portal makes data available and encourages open use by applications and websites that can bring the data to life for a range of audiences. This is an open data project, which is supporting the wider government agenda to encourage use and re-use of government data sets.

This video was filmed at a half day symposium held on 1 December to showcase how LMI is being used; to share best practice; and promote new developments to the service, which can benefit current and future users.

LMI for All includes information from two key products from the Office for National Statistics: the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings; plus data from two products from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills: the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures. It also includes vacancy data from Universal JobMatch, and data on skills, interests and abilities from the US O*NET database.

The data available from LMI for All are organised around the Standard Occupational Classification. This system classifies all jobs into 369 detailed categories, according to the tasks that are undertaken and the level and nature of the skills and qualifications required to do the job.

The data within LMI for All are all available under an open government license. This means that individuals and organisations are welcome to use the data for any purpose, including commercial use.

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LMI for All data can be used to power apps and websites. We find that the data is most effective and useful when presented alongside qualitative information. Organisations such as iCould, U-explore, RCU and Active Informatics currently use LMI for All data in their websites, and you can find a range of examples of how LMI for All can be used here. More details on the data can be found here.

For more information on LMI for All and to find out what’s next, please read our latest report Labour market information for All: Stakeholder engagement and usage, data and technical developments published by the Department for Education in June 2018.