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 commissioned a range of studies to create a comprehensive evidence base and have drawn together key priorities and objectives from the studies and identified common themes and issues. This has formed the basis of the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework.

These studies include a series of Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) reports, reports on Lancashire’s Priority Sectors and Gap Analyses regarding flexible provision for those aged 16-18. The studies are complemented by LMI resources and a LMI Data Matrix.

The reports and resources are provided below for partners and stakeholders to access and use.

2020 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.