Employer Skills Survey 2022

Welcome to the microsite for the Department for Education (DfE) 2022 UK Employer Skills Survey.

What is the UK Employer Skills Survey?

The survey, which is based on over 86,000 telephone interviews with employers in England, Scotland, 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 workforce and when recruiting, the nature of any training provided, and awareness and involvement in various initiatives and programmes. This will be the first UK-wide Employer Skills Survey undertaken since the COVID-19 pandemic and the UK's formal departure from the European Union.

The last Employer Skills Survey was carried out in 2019 and results from this survey can be viewed on the GOV.UK website: Employer Skills Survey 2019: Summary report (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Results from the previous Scottish Employer Skills Survey can be found on the Scottish Government website: Scottish Employer Skills Survey 2020 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Fieldwork for the survey is being carried out between May and December 2022 by IFF Research, BMG Research and Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Department for Education, the Scottish Government, 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 or are considering taking part, you can find more information on our FAQs page.

The results of the survey will be made publicly available on the GOV.UK website in 2023. 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.