Welcome to the reports website for the National Employer Skills Survey for England (NESS). NESS is an employer survey that asks a representative sample of English employers about recruitment issues and problems, the skills that are lacking in their current workforce, and their approach to providing training. In addition, a variety of other topics were covered during some years. Click on the tabs above to access information on a specific version of the survey, which was undertaken in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
The National Employer Skills survey was previously administered by the Learning and Skills Council, but responsibility for commissioning new surveys and hosting previous years' reports and datasets passed to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills on 31st March 2010. As the UK Commission is a UK-wide body, we have branded this site as the National Employer Skills Survey for England, clarifying the fact that this website deals only with the English survey and not those carried out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland at present. It is the UK Commission's ambition to bring all four of the employer skills surveys carried out in the UK closer together.
On this site you will find copies of the main outputs from the National Employer Skills Surveys for England carried out since 2003. The questionnaires used each year, along with the reports produced to describe the main descriptive findings are all available. Click on the tab at the top of this page which corresponds with the year you are interested in and this will take you to a dedicated page for each NESS survey. From there, an index of buttons on the right-hand side links to the research tools and outputs produced in that year.
The datasets from all National Employer Skills Surveys can also be accessed and analysed on this site. For access to our data site either click here or on the button on the right. Alternatively, choose the survey year tab above and follow the link to the data on the site on the right-hand index of that page. The data site is set up so that it is possible to run univariate and bivariate analysis without the need for a statistical package, such as SPSS. Data can be selected using the point and click menu and downloaded in Microsoft Excel format.
For help navigating the NESS website or making sense of the reports or data, the Glossary and Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the navigation links on the left of every page.