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2019 Employer Skills Survey (ESS19) - information for participants

Information for those selected to take part in ESS19.


Information for participants of the 2019 Employer Skills Survey

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The Department for Education (DfE) has started fieldwork for the 2019 Employer Skills Survey (ESS19).

The ESS19 will interview approximately 82,000 employers across all sectors and sizes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The survey collects information on Apprenticeships, T-Levels, vacancies, recruitment, training, skill shortages, and future skill needs. These topics are covered by questions from the previous Employer Skills Surveys and merged questions from the Employer Perspectives Survey.

The findings from the survey will be used by policy-makers and industry to decide how to invest in national and local skills systems.

Research for the survey is being carried out between June and November 2019 by IFF Research, Ipsos MORI, and BMG Research on behalf of:

The success and accuracy of the survey depends on employers taking part. If selected, you can choose a time that suits you to be interviewed.

You can view the findings from the previous Employer skills survey 2017 and the Employer perspectives survey 2016.

If you have any questions, email

Published 26 June 2019