AGCAS Scotland

Labour Market Information

Scottish LMI

The following websites provide information on various aspects of the labour market in Scotland. Brief descriptions indicate the content to be found in these resources and the contexts in which they could be useful.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is a non departmental public body which is Scotland’s skills agency with the following aims:

• Enabling people to meet their potential through the support of a modern careers, information, advice and guidance service
• Making skills work for employers by providing training that meets their needs
• Working together to improve the skills and learning system with local and national partners to make this accessible to individuals and employers
• Achieving organisational excellence through good practice and the strengths of our people

LMI resources can be found at

These include:

• Local authority profiles
• Media monitoring of job gains and losses
• Sectoral LMI profiles
• Research Online with all major LMI research for the last 10 years

Enquiries can be made to

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland

The CBI is the UK's top business lobby organisation. They have influence with Government policy makers, legislators and unions. CBI Scotland is located in central Glasgow and is in regular contact with ministers and senior civil servants. The organisation produces useful LMI resources in the form of PDF Policy briefs on issues such as employment and manufacturing which can be downloaded from the web site. There is a specific area of the site dedicated to Scotland which includes some Scottish specific policy briefs The CBI has produced a number of excellent policy reports, some of which would be relevant to higher education careers advisers. Regular features include:

  • The latest from CBI Scotland
  • Press releases
  • Useful web links

Federation of Small Businesses - Scotland

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) in Scotland represents the interests of almost 20,000 Scottish members. Official Scottish Government statistics show that Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) now account for 99% of all Scottish businesses and for over half of all private sector employment. There are four branches in Scotland each with its own web site: West of Scotland, East of Scotland, North East of Scotland and Highlands and Islands. The various websites are regularly updated, but on first glance there did not appear to be LMI reports that would be of interest to higher education career advisers. Website features include:

  • Policy Section
  • Resources Section
  • News Section
  • On-Line Business Directory

Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde

The Fraser of Allander Institute carries out;

  • a quarterly Economic Commentary on the Scottish economy (downloadable on its website)
  • a Business Review, exploring key issues arising from the Economic Commentary (downloadable on its website)
  • the quarterly Scottish Chambers' Business Survey, providing aggregated information by area and by sector on the general business and labour market situation of c. 3,000 Scottish firms (press releases available at

The Institute also undertakes individually tailored research projects commissioned by private and public sector clients.

The Scottish Labour Market and Intelligence (LMI) framework

The Scottish Labour Market and Intelligence (LMI) framework is set part of the Scottish Governments website which outlines the sources of labour market intelligence in Scotland. It also provides general statistics on the economy. Mainly links to the sources of LMI rather than producing LMI itself. The websites above are general rather than specific to the Graduate market.


This is a new web site for medical students, doctors in training and probably also for doctors already in a specialty, as well as for career practitioners. It is not very relevant to other professions. The Specialty web pages are of particular interest and there are many useful Workforce Statistics available under the Specialty pages.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national economic development agency, with its prime aim being to stimulate sustainable growth of Scotland's economy through the encouragement of enterprise, innovation and investment.

The website's economic research page collates numerous reports including a monthly economic commentary and the opportunity to receive weekly updates, plus regular updates on:

  • Scottish economy
  • Local economy
  • Global economy
  • Industries
  • Enterprise
  • Investment
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cities and place
  • Labour market issues
  • Rural issues

The labour market issues heading links directly to the Futureskills Scotland research online site, so advisers should monitor that for LMI. However, the detail and regular nature of the economics updates could prove very useful to advisers given the turbulent nature of the economy.

Federation for Industry Sectors Skills and Standards

(Formally the Sector Skills Council)

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils (Alliance) represents, promotes and supports the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) across the UK. SSCs are the employer-led skills organisations covering in total approximately 90% of the UK workforce.

The Alliance has two key areas of activity:

  • Policy and Public Affairs activity to strengthen the collective voice of SSCs and position them effectively in the skills systems across the UK nations; and
  • Apprenticeship Services activity to support the issuing of Apprenticeship Frameworks and the (registration and) certification of Apprentices in England and Scotland

Training and Employment Research Unit, University of Glasgow

TERU is a multi-disciplinary research unit with expertise in economic development, urban policy, economics, geography, psychology and business development. TERU undertakes research and evaluation work and delivers specialist training for a wide range of clients across the UK. They specialise in the fields of area regeneration, employment and training, business development, social inclusion and the social economy.

TERU offers CPD courses in Local Economic Development, including Dynamics of the Labour Market.

This site is mainly useful for contacts in particular areas of research rather than content on the state of the labour market.

What Do Graduates Do? Scotland

This comprehensive online guide uses data from current and historic HESA DLHE surveys to analyse the early destinations of leavers from Scotland’s HE sector.  A user friendly reporting tool can generate a range of informative market intelligence based around a variety of options including:
•    Level of degree (undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorates)
•    National and regional reports
•    Subject specific discipline reports
In addition the site also contains a number of useful articles and FAQ’s on topics such as:
•    The developing labour market in Scotland and it’s regions
•    What employers want from graduates
•    The value of a degree and the options open to graduates
•    The notion of ‘graduate level work’
•    How graduates can improve their employment prospects

Additional Sources of LMI

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
The main repository for data on graduate destinations. Produces a number of publications on graduate destinations, including the Employment Performance Indicators (EPI). Also provides free, online statistics. HESA also hosts/supports HEIDI, an online interrogation tool for all of the data streams returned to HESA. This is now free to use by all HEIs in the UK.


AGCAS: GLAM and DLHE Activity
Members of the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) regularly release reports, presentations and minutes from recent task group meetings, and meetings with HESA and other partners, to update colleagues on developments in the area of DLHE, LDLHE and LMI.

AGCAS: Graduate Labour Market Community
This community is for those with an interest in the graduate labour market. It is intended as a forum for sharing and discussing issues, resources and good practice relating to opportunities for graduates as well the collection and interpretation of destinations and longitudinal data.

Centre for Cities
Independent, non partisan research and policy institute committed to improving the economic performance of UK cities. Produces city by city labour market updates for the whole of the UK as well as labour market briefings for the labour market in general.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Frequently publish labour market statistics – these are UK and have both all labour market data and graduate labour market data.

ONS: Nomis, official labour market statistics
Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources in a user friendly way. This is for UK general labour market information.

HECSU: Graduate Market Trends
Graduate Market Trends (GMT) is HECSU's quarterly journal. It provides high quality information about contemporary debates in higher education, graduate employment and career learning.

Institute for employment studies
IES was established in 1969 to be an independent, national centre of expertise on productivity, manpower planning and labour market change. Since that time it has expanded and diversified to become the UK’s leading independent centre for research and evidence-based consultancy in employment, labour market and human resource policy and practice. It is not-for-profit, its activities being funded through research and consultancy commissions, and from its corporate membership programme.