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, meeting the demand of Dorset’s economy and priority sectors and addressing our future growth ambitions.

Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey

At the start of 2020, we 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. In total, 242 Dorset Employers from a range of sectors and sizes responded to the survey.

In 2019 we established a new committee, the Skills Advisory Panel and Board. This group works to create a lifelong learning skills ecosystem for Dorset, with employers, educational providers, communities and policy makers working together to ultimately narrow the Dorset productivity gap.

In response to the survey findings, Dorset LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel and Board is identifying strategic priorities for the county and developing a long-term skills plan, including calls for government funding, to support businesses and people in these challenging times.

Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey Dashboard

Explore key findings in our interactive dashboard below – hovering over the bars will reveal sub-group differences – please note, these should be taken with caution due to small sample sizes. Download a copy of the Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey Dashboard

Download the complete Dorset 2020 Employer Skills Survey Results