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Skilled Workers

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of skills shortage in each (a) industrial sector and (b) region. (284619)

The National Employer Skills Survey 2007 report, published in May 2008, provides the most recent data available on the skills shortages in each sector and region.

(a) Table 1 shows the number and proportion of Skills Shortage Vacancies (SSVs) by Sector Skills Council sector (LSC, 2008: p.56):

Table 1

Vacancies1

SSVs1

Percentage of vacancies that are SSVs

SSVs per 1,000 employees

Unweighted base

52,867

10,399

All England

619,675

130,000

21

6

Lantra

8,450

2,475

229

8

Cogent

6,650

1,400

21

4

Proskills UK

3,975

950

24

33

Improve Ltd.

5,300

550

310

32

Skillfast-UK

3,875

975

25

5

Semta

23,200

7,150

31

6

Energy and Utility Skills

6,100

500

38

32

ConstructionSkills

36,700

14,625

240

214

SummitSkills

8,075

2,000

25

9

Automotive Skills

11,200

2,975

27

6

Skillsmart Retail

52,675

7,250

14

33

People 1st

67,725

12,675

19

8

GoSkills

10,825

2,475

23

6

Skills for Logistics

11,000

2,075

19

33

Financial Services Skills Council

30,450

4,725

16

5

Asset Skills

24,725

5,125

21

6

e-skills UK

22,650

6,275

28

10

Government Skills

9,750

1,475

15

4

Skills for Justice

3,900

275

37

31

Lifelong Learning UK

19,500

2,625

313

33

Skills for Health

30,500

3,850

13

32

Skills for Care and Development

29,800

4,700

316

5

Skillset

7,075

2,900

241

223

Creative and Cultural Skills

7,325

1,650

23

8

SkillsActive

7,000

1,375

20

5

Non-SSC employers

171,275

36,875

22

6

1 Denote base sizes of 25 to 49 and should be treated with caution.

2 Indicates particularly high values

3 Indicates particularly low values.

Notes:

Figures rounded to the nearest 25.

‘*’ Used where the base size was less than 25.

(b) Table 2 shows the number and proportion of Skills Shortage Vacancies (SSVs) per region (LSC, 2008: p.48):

Table 2

Vacancies1

SSVs1

Percentage of vacancies that are SSVs

SSVs per 1,000 employees

Unweighted base

10,399

Overall

619,675

130,000

21

6

Region

Eastern

64,225

12,475

19

5

East Midlands

40,975

8,450

21

5

London

126,875

32,850

26

8

North East

23,400

4,600

20

5

North West

75,225

13,000

17

4

South East

115,450

25,650

22

7

South West

58,575

12,750

22

6

West Midlands

61,350

9,975

16

4

Yorkshire and The Humber

53,600

10,250

19

5

1 Denote base sizes of 25 to 49 and should be treated with caution.

Base: All employment

Notes:

Vacancy and SSV figures rounded to the nearest 25.