Of the many constituent parts that go to make EMSI what we are, the most important is undoubtedly our data. Quite simply, our data is the hub around which all our tools and services are built, and so one of our most vital tasks is to make sure our data is up-to-date and that it takes into account any new datasets that would give our customers an even better insight into their local labour market than they are currently getting.
EMSI Data Updated Annually
Our data is updated annually, and the process is two-fold: firstly, updating our entire dataset with the latest available data, and secondly adding any new datasets which either make our existing data more comprehensive, or add something to what is already there.
Last year we made two changes. Firstly there were improvements to the data we get from the Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), which allowed far greater access to industry and geographic detail than was previously available. The second major change was a revision to how industries are ‘staffed’ into occupations, increasing the representation of many jobs that are typically part-time.
This year we are again updating our data to incorporate the latest datasets available (2012), and we are also making the following changes:
Analyst allows our clients to view labour market data at the local authority level (LAU1), but previously there have been limitations to the granularity of the data. Due to suppression of this data at the local authority level, we were only able to provide general categories of occupation and industry (1 and 2 digit SOC occupations, and 1 digit SIC industries).
For the new release, we have integrated some additional “experimental” data which allows us to unsuppress data for local authority regions. As a result, the new dataset provides detailed data for LAU1 regions, for both 4-digit SOC occupations and 4-digit SIC industries.
The results of the 2011 Census of England and Wales have now been released and we have incorporated the updated demographics into Analyst. This update does not include figures for Scotland as the census there was taken separately from the one in England and Wales, and the figures are yet to be released.
Moving to SOC 2010
Our occupation data has until now been based on the Standard Occupation Code 2000 (SOC 2000), which has been the classification system used by the British Government for the last decade. However, the Government has now moved from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010 and so we are changing to the updated classifications too.
The main difference between SOC 2000 and SOC 2010 is that the later version has a larger number of jobs, including occupations which weren’t necessarily defined as occupations in their own right back in the year 2000. One such example would be web developer.
As far as quantity is concerned, the increase is not especially significant, but it does mean that our systems will have 369 occupation classifications, rather than the current 353. This change will affect only Analyst to begin with, with Career Coach being updated a little later in the year.
1.2 Million Self-Employed Occupations Added
Perhaps the most significant change to our data is the inclusion from BRES of 1.2 million self-employed “proprietors”– that is those whose earnings are above the VAT or PAYE threshold.
Although the actual number of self-employed occupations is slightly more than three times the 1.2 million we have included, we have decided to use the VAT or PAYE threshold as our benchmark as this is the best way of maintaining statistical robustness. Including all self-employed occupations, whilst desirable in some ways, would not give us a strong dataset, and put simply, we would rather capture a third of self-employed jobs well – leaving aside many who are part-time or low-earning – than capture them all poorly.
As with the LAU1 data, we are also terming this new data “experimental” for this release.
All these changes are due to take place within the next few weeks, and we will let you know when they go live.