Evidence Base

Our research into the skills needs and requirements of Lancashire's priority business sectors including our Labour Market Intelligence.


We have developed a robust evidence base which identifies key issues in driving a skilled, balanced and inclusive labour market.

We have created a comprehensive evidence base and used it to build on the previous Skills and Employment Strategic Framework 2016-2021 to develop the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework 2021 Refresh, which incorporates the Local Skills Report for Lancashire, as required by the Department for Education (DfE).

The Labour Market Supplement supports the Framework’s 2021 Refresh and contains the detailed data and analysis that underpins the rationale for the priorities, objectives and actions within the Framework. Annex A is also provided, as required by the DfE, providing the standard data set issued by DfE to each Skills Advisory Panel across the country, with local commentary.

The Skills and Employment Advisory Panel have agreed that the framework should be refreshed for a one year period, recognising the unique circumstances that Lancashire and the UK in general has entered, and as such the Framework draws on both pre and current COVID-19 data.

The Evidence Base contains data and research which is available to stakeholders to access and utilise below.

COVID-19 impact data

  • Interactive Power BI presentation

Pre COVID-data

  • LMI Data Matrix.
  • Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) reports
  • Reports on Lancashire’s Priority Sectors
  • Gap Analyses regarding flexible provision for those aged 16-18
  • LMI Resources

COVID-19 impact on Skills & Employment in Lancashire

To support our Skills and Employment stakeholders we have developed a data pack to provide the latest available data in regards to the impact of Covid 19 in Lancashire.

The available data presents impact on pre-existing measures and initiatives, and also provides information and data regarding some of the new initiatives which have been introduced to address the impact of Covid-19.

Included in this pack is the latest data on Claimant Count, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Apprenticeship data and Vacancy data. We will be including additional measures, in particular more granular analysis of skills required in job postings, and advertised salaries and education levels required.

The Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub and LESEP commissioned L&W Institute to investigate the economic value of apprenticeships, reviewing literature on the returns from apprenticeships for individuals  and businesses. The Executive Summary is available here.

2020 (Pre COVID-19) Lancashire Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit

The toolkit consists of seven reports based on defined geographical areas, there is a Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Area report, six Travel to Work Area Reports. In addition to the reports there are six Travel to Work Area Presentations and the Data Matrix, which contains the underpinning data in an accessible, easy to use format.

Data Matrix

The Data Matrix contains all of the underpinning data which has been analysed to inform the reports and the presentations. The Matrix includes Local Authority and Travel to Work Area summary sheets which allow users to access summary charts and tables for their selected area. You can access the 5 sections of the Data Matrix and the Data Matrix User Guide by clicking the relevant section below.

Click here to download the Data Matrix User Guide

Sector Data Matrix
Economy and Business Matrix Download Matrix
Employment Forecasts and Future Demand for Labour Matrix Download Matrix
Labour Demand Matrix Download Matrix
Performance of the Education, Skills and Employment System Matrix Download Matrix
Residents Matrix Download Matrix


Lancashire’s Digital Skills Landscape

During 2019/20, Ekosgen, on behalf of the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership, conducted research to build an evidence base around the digital skills landscape in Lancashire and the report is now available to read here: Lancashire’s Digital Skills Landscape Research 2019-2020 

An Executive Summary is also available.

Gap Analyses

Gap Analyses showing availability of flexible provision for those aged 16-18 compared with identified needs:

Gap Analysis Report 1- Geographical Factors and Provision for Young People who are Not in Employment, Education or Training

Gap Analysis Report 2 – Provision Risks

Gap Analysis Report 3 – Vulnerable Characteristics

2018 Lancashire Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit

2018 Lancashire LEP LMI report

2018 Labour Market Information by Travel to Work Area

This section contains the six Travel to Work Area Reports and the fact sheets for each Travel to Work Area. You can access each of the reports by clicking on the relevant section below.

Travel to Work Area Labour Market Intelligence Factsheets
Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Download report Download fact sheet
Lancaster & Morecambe Download report Download fact sheet
Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Rossendale & Ribble Valley Download report Download fact sheet
Burnley & Pendle Download report Download fact sheet
West Lancashire Download report Download fact sheet
Preston, Chorley & South Ribble Download Report Download fact sheet

2016 Priority Sector Studies

We have researched the skills needs and requirements of Lancashire businesses across a range of sectors which have been identified in Lancashire due to their high replacement demand needs and significant growth potential.

You can access the executive summary of each of the seven priority sectors studies by clicking on the relevant sector name.

If you would like the full report of any of the sector studies please email your request to LancsSkillsHub@lancashirelep.co.uk.

2016 Priority Sector LMI Fact Sheets

We have taken the research into each of our priority sectors and we have created these LMI fact sheets.

They give you key information about each of the sectors in Lancashire and sign post you to further information and resources. They are free for you to use, please contact us and let us know if you find them useful.