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Employer Perspectives Survey, 2016: Special Licence Access

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SN: 8339
Title: Employer Perspectives Survey, 2016: Special Licence Access
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8339-1
Series: Employer Perspectives Survey, 2016-: Special Licence Access
Depositor: Department for Education
Principal investigator(s): Department for Education
Data collector(s): IFF Research


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Department for Education. (2018). Employer Perspectives Survey, 2016: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8339,

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Subject Categories

General - Employment and labour
Management and organisation - Industry and management
Training - Employment and labour


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The Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS) is a large scale survey of UK employers across all sectors of the economy and is part of a series of studies historically commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to provide robust and reliable labour market information. Following the closure of the UKCES ownership of the survey transferred to the Department for Education (DfE) in late 2016.

The survey provides a UK-wide picture of how employers are meeting their skills needs, looking both at their engagement with skills and employment services and broader approaches to people development. The Employer Perspectives Survey is a key customer insight tool for colleges, universities, schools and other providers looking to understand how employers view and engage with the skills system.

The Employer Perspectives Survey is intended to complement the Employer Skills Survey series, which focuses on employer skills demand, skills shortages and training within organisations; the two surveys run in alternate years.

The Employer Perspectives Survey, 2016: Special Licence Access was conducted between May and August 2016, and captured the views of over 18,000 employers across the United Kingdom. Interviews were conducted at an establishment level with the most senior person at the site with responsibility for human resources.

Prior to the 2016 EPS, a statistical review of the sampling strategy was conducted to weigh up the relative merits of different approaches to the sampling; this was independent of both UKCES and IFF Research. While this review confirmed the previous approach to sampling had been sufficiently robust, it led to a series of recommendations that would enhance the statistical rigour of the 2016 sampling strategy. Moreover, the EPS questionnaire underwent a comprehensive review for 2016 to ensure its relevance for key stakeholders and to reflect changing policy needs. A set of overarching policy questions were developed to guide decisions on what to keep, amend / improve, remove or add / develop. More details about the sampling and questionnaire reviews can be found in the Technical Report.

The Special Licence Access version of the data contains the Local Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership variables. Users who do not require these variables are advised to use the End User Licence version held under SN 8338.

Main Topics:
The 2016 questionnaire included the following sections:
  • Firmographics;
  • Recruitment;
  • People Development;
  • Investors in People (IiP) Accreditation;
  • Employer Attitudes.

  • Coverage, universe, methodology

    Dates of fieldwork: May 2016 - August 2016
    Country: United Kingdom
    Spatial units: Countries
    Government Office Regions
    Observation units: Institutions/organisations
    Kind of data: Numeric data
    Individual (micro) level
    Universe: National
    Establishments or individual workplace sites employing two or more members of staff.
    Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
    Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
    Number of units: 18,028 cases
    Method of data collection: Telephone interview
    Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 09 May 2018
    Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
    Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
    Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.

    Please note:
    Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Archive and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

    Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice explains how to meet these conditions.
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    Title File Name Size (KB)
    EPS 2016: Data Dictionary 8339_eps_2016_data_dictionary_controlled_v01.00.xlsx 84
    EPS 2016: Questionnaire 8339_eps_2016_questionnaire_controlled_v12.00.pdf 1383
    EPS 2016: Technical Report 8339_eps_2016_technical_report.pdf 2215
    EPS 2016: Research Report 8339_eps_2016_uk_report.pdf 6987
    UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 8339_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 572
    Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8339_Information.htm 6
    READ File read8339.htm 10


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