There are a host of organisations doing visualisations of labour market information. I’ve restricted my list to 5 because I want no filler. My aim is for you to click on each of these and say that’s pretty cool.
These are 5 tools that excite me, not as a researcher working in the field, but as a professional – curious to know how much everyone is being paid, whether robots will take my job, what skills I should develop, and where in the country are the best opportunities.
Number 1: top 30 skills
Nesta use data from a company called Burning Glass who scrape the data from job sites. The top 30 skills sounds like a gimmicky buzz feed article but this is a tool based on real labour market data. You can see which skills are most/least in demand, and which skills are the best/worst paid. Some of the results are unsurprising – banking and finance skills are highly paid. Other results are more interesting – soft skills such as communication and planning are more in demand than more specialised skills.
Number 2: Where the work is
Another client of Burning Glass, this application was developed by the think tank IPPR. It’s clever because it visualises how many mid skill jobs there are in an area by sector and how much on average that sector pays. It also shows you whether these jobs are available for school leavers, FE leavers, or university leavers. It’s almost silly to spell it out here. The whole point of a data visualisation is that a picture tells 1000 words so take a look yourself.
Number 3: ASHE earnings by region
The annual survey of hours and earnings is well known to researchers working in the field of pay and industrial relations. It’s a 1% sample of everyone on the PAYE system. This means you can see jobs by occupation, industry, gender, full-time/part-time. It’s a treasure trove of pay data. Not everyone enjoys rooting through the raw excel files as much as me so the ONS have created this fantastic infographic of pay across the UK.
Number 4: Will a robot take your job?
This is a bit of fun from the BBC but with a serious point. About 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte. Type in your job to see if yours is one of them.
Number 5: Glass door
I’ve included glass door but I could have put any job site. Sometimes the best way to know the labour market is to browse the available jobs. Glass door goes one step further in that employees/past employees leave summaries of the company and their position on the site.
Here are just 5 examples of companies leveraging data to give us insight into the labour market. As more data becomes available and more companies develop the capability we are going to see more and more cool applications like these.