Employers urged to participate in biggest Labour Market Information Survey since 2019
EMPLOYERS across the quarrying, mining and mineral products sector are urged to take part in the biggest Labour Market Information Survey (LMIS) since 2019 to provide current data on the state of the mineral products industry in terms of skills, training, and qualifications.
The survey is being conducted by Pye Tait Consulting, a leading independent research company, on behalf of Minerals Matter – the co-ordinated cross-sector approach to address the key challenges the industry faces around succession and the skills gap analysis.
Latest research from the Office for National Statistics has estimated the UK employment rate at 76%, 0.2% higher than November 2022 to January 2023. However, vacancies fell by 79,000 in the quarter March to May 2023, indicative of uncertainty across industries, with economic pressures holding back recruitment.
In collaboration with the leading industry bodies British Aggregates Association (BAA), Institute of Quarrying (IQ), Mineral Products Association (MPA) and Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC), the comprehensive Labour Market Information Survey will provide Minerals Matter with important data to shape the industry approach in the development of future skills and training needs.
Anthony Elgey FIQ MIMMM is mineral products sector standards manager at Minerals Matter and is leading the survey. He explained: ‘Our sector is key to supplying high-quality products to a diverse range of industries. It’s imperative that we get as many employers as possible within the industry to complete this essential survey. It will help identify where there are labour and skills shortages, identify education and training gaps, and inform businesses about the labour market on a national and local level.
‘The more people that participate, the better the invaluable data set that will provide intelligence to help Minerals Matter lobby government departments, unlock skills funding, and shape the work of Minerals Matter to align and support the workforce needs of the sector.’
To take part in the survey online, visit: www.pyetait.com/Minerals-MatterLMI2023