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, enabling future growth by addressing the demand of Dorset’s employers, economy and priority sectors while allowing each individual to reach their best potential.

Here we feature labour market information about industry developments and opportunities in Dorset to allow young people, their parents, employers and stakeholders to make informed decisions.

Industry Dashboards

Dorset labour market insights 

Dorset Skills Research

This deep dive into the labour market in Dorset explores the skills demand and supply within our local economy. The work follows best practice, aims to inform the delivery of skills and support economic growth, while also facilitating the implementation of the People aspirations outlined in our Local Industrial Strategy.

Read the Summary of Dorset Research and Skills Evidence Base.

Underpinning this summary is the complete Dorset People and Skills Strategy Evidence Base. Please note that this analysis was largely undertaken prior to the pandemic and is currently under review. Dorset LEP's more recent insights on coronavirus and its impact on Dorset and its people can be found within COVID and the labour market in Dorset.

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.