Recent research completed by the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board and the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) identified some concerning trends in labour market participation and labour market shortages.  

The participation rate of the working age population was seen to be declining while employers responding to the 2016 EmployerOne Survey identified a labour shortage in a range of occupations and industries. Top barriers to hiring included “not having enough applicants” and applicants not having “required qualifications or technical skills”.  

In order to better understand the local situation and identify strategies for engaging labour market non-participants to enter the labour force, the LEPC has commissioned the London Economic Region Labour Market Participation Study. Click here for a copy of the survey.