West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

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We monitor, analyse and share social research and reports from across the UK. Of the hundreds of reports available, we aim to pick out information which relates to inclusive growth and skills trends that are relevant to the Leeds City Region and the ESF funded projects we manage.

Reports and research

UK Working Lives - In Search of Job Quality Summary

April 2018: The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Professional Development) launches its first comprehensive measure of job quality in the UK. Findings include:

  • Two-thirds of workers (64%) are satisfied with their job overall, with just one in five (18%) dissatisfied. One in ten (11%) report regularly feeling miserable at work
  • One in four workers (25%) feel their job negatively affects their mental health, while nearly a third (30%) say their workload is too much
  • More than a quarter (28%) of senior leaders say that they find it difficult to fulfil personal commitments because of their job
  • One in four workers (27%) say that their job does not offer good opportunities to develop their skills, jumping to two in five (43%) among unskilled and casual workers
  • Amongst those in low-skilled jobs, more than a third (37%) say they have not received any training over the last year

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The Great Escape? Low Pay and Progression in the UK Labour Market.

October 2017: A one page research summary published by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, based on The Social Mobility Commission's research and Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) sourced using EMSI Analyst. Includes an overview of key findings, definitions and labour market facts related to the Leeds City Region.

Leeds City Region Labour Market Report 2017-18

October 2017: This report seeks to provide a comprehensive assessment of our City Region’s skills needs based on a detailed analysis of the supply and demand of skills together with evidence of mismatch and market failure.

Conference presentations

Wednesday 7 February 2018, Leeds City College Printworks Campus

Building a robust technical education system through regional and national employer-provider partnerships - Speaker Presentations (PDF)

Bespoke Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Reports

Using the EMSI Analyst tool, we can offer a Labour Market Intelligence report writing service for our Joint Venture colleges.

If you require LMI data to help plan your curriculum or write a bid, please get in touch.

For more information please contact our Research and Development Manager, Rachel Mather Rachel.Mather@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk or call 0113 216 2110.

Useful websites for business news and labour marketing intelligence



Leeds City Region

Centre for Cities

Institute Public Policy Research (IPPR North)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Insider Media Yorkshire

The Business Desk Yorkshire


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11 April 2018

CIPD launches first comprehensive measure of job quality in the UK

Over-worked managers and under-supported staff casts a shadow over workforce happiness Two-thirds of workers (64%) are satisfied with their job overall, with just one in…

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