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UKCES' Employer Skills Survey 2015 now underway

Fieldwork has now begun on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) 2015 Employer Skills Survey 2015 (ESS).

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The Employer Skills Survey is now completed and the full report is available at


The survey, which is based on over 90,000 telephone interviews with UK employers, is one of the largest employer surveys in the world. The survey is vital to the work of UKCES and our 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.

Research for the survey is being carried out between March and July 2015 by IFF Research, BMG Research and Ipsos MORI on behalf of UKCES and our partners:

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 here.

If you have any questions you can email

Published 9 March 2015