Employer Skills Survey 2019

Welcome to the microsite for the Department for Education (DFE) 2019 Employer Skills Survey.

What is the Employer Skills Survey?

The survey, which is based on over 80,000 telephone interviews with employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is one of the largest employer surveys in the world.

The survey is vital to the work of DFE and their partners both within national and local government. The survey gathers information on the skills challenges that employers face within their existing workforces and in terms of bringing in new skilled labour, the levels and nature of training investment and the relationship between skills challenges, training activity and business strategy. This year it also includes content previously covered in the Employer Perspectives Survey, including topics such recruitment of education leavers, provision of work placements and apprenticeships.

The last Employer Skills Survey was carried out in 2017 and results from this survey can be viewed on the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employer-skills-survey-2017-uk-report

Research for the survey is being carried out between May and November 2019 by IFF research, BMG research and Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

The success of the survey is dependent on the willingness of employers to take part. If selected, employers can choose a time that suits them to be interviewed. If you are a participant you can find more information on our FAQs page.

The results of the survey will be made publically available on the gov.uk website in 2020. If you participate in the survey you will be asked if you would like to receive a summary report of the findings of the survey.

If you have any questions or need to contact us about the survey, please click here.