Employer Skills Survey 2017

Welcome to the microsite for the Department for Education (DFE) 2017 Employer Skills Survey.

What is the Employer Skills Survey?

The survey, which is based on over 87,000 telephone interviews with UK employers 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.

The last Employer Skills Survey was carried out in 2015 and results from this survey can be viewed on the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ukces-employer-skills-survey-2015-uk-report

Research for the survey is being carried out between April and September 2017 by IFF research, BMG research and Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Department for Education and their partners:
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Northern Ireland Department for the Economy
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 Summer 2018. 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.