Labour market and skills research

Latest insights on the changing labour market and skills landscape assisting educators, employers, job seekers, young people and their parents in making informed decisions.

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Our vision is for a high-skilled workforce addressing the demand of the local employers, economy and priority sectors.

The latest Dorset labour market insights featured here can help you identify opportunities, make informed career decisions and fulfil your potential in Dorset.

Dorset labour market insights

Open our latest interactive dashboard below to explore labour market demand and the impact of COVID-19 in Dorset. The dashboard is updated bi-monthly.

Employment in Dorset

Read latest findings and key highlights.

Vacancies and opportunities in Dorset

Dorset apprenticeship finder


Key Industry Dashboards

Find career opportunities within Dorset’s key established and growth sectors using our interactive dashboards: explore occupations, reveal salary, automation and education trends. 

Dorset Skills Action Plan

Based on extensive research and drawing on our region’s strengths, prospects and challenges, the Dorset Skills Action Plan outlines the strategic skills priorities and ambitions for Dorset and sets outs a two-year action plan for delivery.

Dorset Skills Research

Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey

Our Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey reached out to employers to understand their skills and workforce needs and identify local skills gaps that are setting back their ambitions to grow and innovate in Dorset.

Labour Market Information Fact Sheets

The labour market factsheets covering key employment sectors in Dorset provide information about key employers, example careers, skills required, expected earnings and future demand and are a useful resource for students exploring their future career options in Dorset.