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Questions and Answers

Welcome to the questions and asnwers document. Here, the project team tries to answer the most frequently asked questions by our interested parties.

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General Questions

What is LMI for All?

LMI for All is an online data portal that the UK Commission for Employment and Skills is developing to bring together existing sources of labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s decisions about their careers. The outcome won’t be a new website for individuals to access but a portal that seeks to make the data freely available and to encourage open use by applications and websites which can bring the data to life for varying audiences. The first version is being released at the end of May 2013. This will be fully functional, but not fully automated. This version will be tested, data sources added, and the data tool developed further. A final version of the data portal is due to be released by April 2015 but during the period to this point we will be releasing updated versions.

Who is providing this service?

This service is provided by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a publicly funded, industry led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the UK. LMI for All is being developed by a consortium led by the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick, working with Pontydysgu, Raycom, and Rewired State.

Where do the data come from?

The data are sourced from existing labour market statistics. The data included is from robust sources only. Most of this data has been collected for quite a number of years, but LMI for All brings these sources together for the first time, providing a common and consistent baseline for people to use alongside wider intelligence. Where applicable, the data have been anonymised for privacy reasons – some of the original source data may be more detailed than what is available here. Data source providers include:

How reliable are the data?

In general, the data are quite reliable as long as you are looking at the overall UK figures. At a more regional or more detailed level of job classification, the reliability of the data decreases somewhat due to a smaller number of statistical observations. For this reason, most datasets available via this service provide regional information only down to NUTS-1 regional level.

Will I have to pay to access the data?

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills is a publicly funded, industry led organisation providing strategic leadership on skills and employment issues in the four home nations of the UK. The LMI for All data service is provided free of charge to encourage open use for careers guidance. We do have some technical limits in place so that data requests don't overwhelm our servers. If you perform a great number of queries for sustained periods of time and hit those limits, contact us to arrange massed query capacity for your institution or company.

How can the data be used?

The data tool provides access to LMI that can answer the questions people commonly ask when thinking about their careers, including ‘what do people get paid?’ and ‘what type of person does that job?’ It will include data about characteristics of people who work in different occupations, what level of qualifications they have, how much they get paid, and allow people to make comparisons across different jobs and regions. However, the LMI data provided in the data tool first needs to be converted into a form that can be used for career guidance. Whether it is required for use directly by clients/customers, or with the support of career practitioners, it must be developed into applications that focus on the particular career needs of particular client/customer target groups with particular information needs.

Individual career organisations or sole traders will decide on their particular priority target groups. For example, this might include Year 12 school pupils making decisions about progressing into higher education or University students completing degree study and wishing to move into the labour market. Or priority target groups could be people who have recently been made redundant, or those who wish to have a mid-career change. To bring the LMI data to life, it is likely that the technical developers will need to work with a careers expert who can mediate the LMI requirements for a particular client/customer groups. In this way, developers will understand what data would be useful for these client/customer groups, who are at a particular stage of their career development.

Will it be kept up to date?

The data available through this service will be updated several times a year, whenever new data comes through the source surveys. In the future, an update newsletter sign-up will be provided to keep you informed of updates.

Where can I get help?

If you have any questions, or need any further help, please use this FAQ space initially. Your feedback is an important part of the ongoing development of this data tool.

If you have any specific questions which cannot be answered here, please contact lmiforall@ukces.org.uk.

Technical Questions

What do I need in my web site to use the data?

There are no specific needs for a web site or application to access the API.

What skills would my web developers need to use this?

The LMIForAll Data API works exactly like many other APIs that are commonly embedded in websites, such as the Google, Twitter or Facebook APIs. Your developers will commonly need knowledge of

  • HTML
  • Javascript (+ any libraries your website uses to access and process the APIs, such as jQuery)
  • JSON
  • … and anything else that your website front end needs to work.

These are fairly low technical requirements. Note that querying the API is made even simpler by the fact that you cannot change or update the data, so your developers can get by entirely on GET requests.

What is the API intended for?

The API is intended to allow web site and app developers to access and where required visualise Labour Market information for different client groups with particular careers information needs.

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