Understanding pay data and how to use the change in pay indicator?

Through LMI for All you are able to access detailed pay data by SOC2010 4-digit occupational categories. Similar to other data in LMI for All, pay data are also available for a number of other dimensions: highest qualification held; industry; countries and English regions in the UK; gender; employment status; and age.

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and

Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment). This information is available in the LFS. The ASHE and LFS data are based on too small sample sizes to enable a comprehensive set of estimates of Pay to be extracted at the full SOC 4-digit level. The Warwick Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick has produced a full set of detailed estimates based on publicly available published ASHE and LFS data Warwick. These estimates are based on an econometric method (the well-established earning function), combining the data sets to produce a full set of detailed estimates, constrained to match publicly available headline data.

Although we provide estimates of pay for a number of years, detailed comparisons between years will not produce statistically robust results at the SOC 4-digit level. We, therefore, provide a separate ‘change in pay’ indicator for those interested in how pay by occupation is changing over time. Currently, this focuses on the period from 2014-2015 and provides detailed information on changes by 4-digit occupation by country and English region for spatial variations. Please note that there is no cross classification for the ‘change in pay’ indicator by any other dimension (e.g: industry, age, gender, employment status or level of qualification held). For example, it is not possible to look at the change in pay by occupation and gender, as data would not be statistically robust.

Developers interested in changes in pay cross classified by these other dimensions are advised to use the aggregate ‘change in pay’ indicator rather than attempt to develop more detailed measures of change by comparing detailed pay estimates for two years.

For more information on this dataset and others available through the LMI for All API, see the LMI for All data documentation.

If you have any queries, please drop us an email at LMIforAll.dfe@education.gov.uk.

Careerometer – updated LMI for All widget

LMI for All has released version two of its popular Careerometer widget. Version one, which was released a year ago, makes it simple to embed a widget in any web site. The first version gave access to pay rates in different jobs

The new version provides extra information. As well as providing hourly, weekly and annual pay figures, for each occupation the widget gives details of present numbers employed in the UK and projected future growth or reduction in numbers employed. It also provides prediction of replacement demand – an important measure showing how many new employees are likely to be needed based on those leaving an occupation or retiring. It provides examples of different industries where those in that occupation are likely to be employed as well as a brief description of the occupation itself.

You can also easily compare different occupations to UK average wages.

The widget can be configured to provide a card for providing information on one occupation at a time, or two or three cards for comparing more occupations. Another simple configuration allows you to preset the occupation the widget displays, instead of leaving it up to the user to search.

At a technical level, the Careerometer widget has been designed to be as simple as possible to install even for those with little technical knowledge. It should also cause no problems with your existing web pages and can easily be installed on a full page or as a sidebar widget.

To get the Careerometer 2 widget copy the code into your own website.

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What can you do with LMI for All?

Ever wondered what you can do with LMI for All, how to go about using it and how best to get started? Why not begin by having a look at some  case studies on how others have used this resource to design and create new apps and web interfaces. This includes ways of identifying relevant audiences, using the API to integrate (or ‘mash’) LMI for All data with your own data.

For inspiration, here are four organisations keen to share their LMI for All experience.

  • icould was an early adopter of LMI for All. Their story of using LMI for All describes how they have used and visualised data alongside their careers videos.
  • The story from Prospects explains how they went about designing and developing an app, ‘Help Build London’, to raise awareness of the construction sector in London.
  • The Skills Match London website was developed by London Councils and MIME Consulting. The story of its development describes how LMI for All data is presented alongside local data to provide a visualisation of skills gaps and future trends.
  • The story from Kore Education Systems describes how they are creating KareerHub using data from LMI for All and the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer.

If you are inspired and want to know more, the LMI for All website also provides technical support and guidance on how to query the database, use the API, get an API key and the structure of the LMI for All data.

Finally, why not share your LMI for All experience with us. Contact: Sally-Anne Barnes, LMIforAll.dfe@education.gov.uk

LMI for All symposium – 1 December 2016, London

As LMI for All is becoming embedded in careers guidance and education practice, innovative and creative approaches to making data accessible and available to target groups of users are emerging. A half day symposium will be 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. There will be presentations from the Department for Education, current adopters of LMI for All and the LMI for All team. In the current context of government priorities of Brexit, social mobility and productivity, LMI for All is more important than ever to help deliver those three priorities.

The symposium is free to attend, but places are limited so please register with Lynne Marston. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The symposium will run from 10.15am-2pm, with registration from 9.45am.

If you are unable to attend the symposium, we are running a number of webinars in early 2017 – register your interest and we will be in touch.