Sources of labour market information

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Learning objectives

  • To identify a range of sources of LMI.
  • To explore types of formats in which LMI is presented.

Sources of LMI

Labour market information comes in many types and forms. These include:

LMI formats

LMI is also presented in many different formats. For example:

  • Statistical formats: official LMI tends to come in spreadsheets which can be very difficult to interpret and technical reports that contain graphs, bar charts, etc., that tend be geared towards economist and policy makers, rather than for use in careers education and guidance.
  • Visualisations: advances in web technologies are making it increasingly easy to visualise complex data sets and to bring different data sources together. The LMI for All data portal is designed to help this process. Check out how data from LMI for All service have been visualised by reviewing the LMI for All app and website directory.

A singleĀ  source of LMI may not meet all your needs, or even be the one that is necessarily the best for your purposes. Indeed, the best data source will often depend on the purpose(s) to which you want to use the data. It may be that you need to access multiple data sources.

Further reading and reflection

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Go on to the nomis web site and find your local area profile. Reflect on where you might source other local information.

What type of LMI is most useful to you? Set yourself the target to find out about something that is useful for your work. See how much LMI you can track down from different sources.



Go to the next unit: Limitations of LMI