Report to consider impact of the recession on skills

4 December 2009

We have launched a new study into skills gaps in key professions across the place-making sector. The study will assess how the recession has affected the supply and demand of skills in the sector.

We have have commissioned ARUP to undertake this major piece of research that will provide the second cross-sector assessment of skills. All practitioners in the sector are invited to take part in the study.

This study will update the findings of our first in-depth review of skills
– Mind the Skills Gap (MSG) – launched in September 2007 and subsequent studies in light of the recession and policy changes. In 2007, MSG concluded that England faced a significant shortage of qualified professionals with the necessary skills between now and 2012.

The market intelligence research will uncover detailed information on current skills gaps by profession and by region so that we can understand how skills issues vary between the regions.

The study will provide the sector with the opportunity to:

  • Understand how the recession has affected skills issues for the place-making sector
  • Identify the numbers of people employed in the different occupational groups
  • Assess the current supply and demand of skills, compare how this has changed since 2007 and establish whether the same range of issues are affecting all occupational groups
  • Evaluate existing training provision
  • Recommend how the market can bridge remaining skills gaps.

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