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Sources of Labour Market Information from around the world

Looking for Labour Market Information (LMI)? Me too – here’s a list of the places I go for LMI, but I want to know what else is out there, particularly from outside of Australia, so if you’ve got a hot tip please share it.

  1. Labour Market Insights (Australian Govt) – dive into LMI by region, industry, and occupation. This is a pretty good site, which quite a bit of detail including stats as well as ‘softer’ info on skills, working hours etc. We keep being warned that they’re going to archive this site, but I’m hoping they move it holus bolus to the new Jobs and Skills Australia site
    labourmarketinsights.gov.au/
  2. Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation (NERO) Dashboard – another great site that will (hopefully) still exist once it moves to Jobs and Skills Australia – the NERO Dashboard allows you to search by region and then dig into the details around who’s employed in which jobs. The data is updated monthly from a range of sources and could be great when working with clients in specific areas
    www.nationalskillscommission.gov.au/topics/nero/nero-dashboard
  3. OECD Labour Statistics – if you’re looking for data around labour market participation then you’ll find high level data here. This data could help you stay aware of global trends, but may not be as relevant when working with individual clients. There’s also a set of data on unemployment rates by age from OECD countries, which could be useful if you’re talking to young people who are considering studying or working overseas for a period
    www.oecd.org/sdd/labour-stats/
  4. Gallup – not strictly LMI, but Gallup have some great data around employee engagement and wellbeing which is well worth a read, as well as data on things like the proportion of hybrid work. The data tends to be from the US.
    www.gallup.com/394169/global-indicators.aspx
  5. International Labour Organisation (ILO) offer reports and a data tool that focus on how people work and the trends they’re noticing from across the globe. You can view global data or zoom in and search by region or country, and you can learn about specific things like the number of NEETs
    www.ilo.org/global/research/global-reports/weso/trends2022/lang–en/index.htm
  6. Job Bank (Canadian Government) – the Trend Analysis section of this site is great for exploring jobs – it’s pretty similar to the Labour Market Insights site from Australia, only they break the data into outlooks by region, which could be really useful if you’re working with clients trying to identify where their skills could fit
    www.jobbank.gc.ca/trend-analysis
  7. Australian Skills Classification Similar Occupations – speaking of finding out where your skills could fit, the ASC has a handy tool that allows you to search by role to find roles that use the same set of skills, which could be great to use with clients who are transitioning mid-career
    www.nationalskillscommission.gov.au/australian-skills-classification#similarity
  8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – if you can handle a website that looks like it was designed in 2002 there is some good data here. Most of it centres around wages, unemployment rates etc. by region, but there are also some great resources that look at working conditions which I haven’t found elsewhere.
    www.bls.gov/
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