The final workforce data standards have now been published and a review process will revisit the standards in approximately 18 months' time (around September 2011), but no changes will be made to the data standards without full consultation with all partners and the sector as a whole. Some changes are likely once the Information Standards Board for Education, Skills and Children's Services (ISB-ESCS) finish their review of workforce standards. For more information visit the 'Standards framework' page.

The following documents are available to download from this page:

  • The final workforce data standards document. This mostly comprises item definitions but also includes a data model and other contextual information.
  • Background and vision. More information on the origins and development of the standards.
  • A job role code set which covers 175 job roles undertaken in the provision of education and local government services, including children's and adults' social care services.
  • Role guidance to enable operational users in research, statistical and client-oriented applications to use the job role coding in as consistent a way as possible and to enable users of any resulting data to understand the principles of classifications and coding practices according to which those data are produced. The role guidance describes the principles, concepts and conventions used in the development of the job roles and provides detailed job role profiles (including typical tasks, training and qualifications and example job titles related to each role). At the time of publication only 110 of the 175 job roles have profiles provided. These profiles should be considered to be draft and will be reviewed and consulted upon over the coming 12 months before the guidance is finalised.
  • Job role mapping guidelines which specify the mapping between the standard job roles and the classifications used in major workforce collections. These mappings are intended to make it easier for users to adopt these standards and to make collection returns from a standardised data set. Mappings currently cover the School Workforce Census and the National Minimum Data Set for social care.

For further information contact the Data Services Group (DSG) helpdesk.


The results of the public consultation between 27 April and 31 July 2009 on the proposed harmonised data standards and definitions for the children's and young people's and local government workforce are available on the Department’s consultations website.

Contact details

Data and Statistics Division (DSD) Helpdesk
1st Floor Mowden Hall
Staindrop Road
Telephone: 01325 392626