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A new online tool providing easier access to the latest Labour Market Information (LMI) has been launched.

The Regional Skills Assessment (RSA) Data Matrix takes more than 80 economic indicators and presents them in a visual format that is simple to navigate and understand.

Developed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the interactive tool will help more people make use of up-to-date information around skills supply and demand.

Liz Byrne, National Skills Planning Lead at SDS, said: “Over the last five years we’ve been working to continually increase the reach and use of Regional Skills Assessments and to make them more accessible, but this new tool is a step change in how this data can be accessed and used.”

The RSA Data Matrix continues to provide access to sources such as the Annual Population Survey, the Employer Skills Survey and Oxford Economics Forecast Data. Users should find the new tool easier to navigate with three themes available to simplify the experience:

  • Skills Supply
  • Skills Demand
  • Skills Mismatches

The tool is entirely web-based, so it can be accessed and easily navigated by anyone.

Colleagues from across SDS alongside partners from other agencies have been involved in its development and testing, and have been enthusiastic about how the tool will inform and benefit their work.

Sandra Cheyne, Career Management Skills Policy & Practice Manager at SDS, said: “A challenge for practice has always been to make LMI data more local, granular, frequent and timely.

“In our ambition to be the best lifelong career guidance service, the launch of our new RSA Data Matrix is further raising the bar of our effectiveness, by having curated LMI content, in context, at our fingertips.”

Jane Adamson, Policy Officer at Clackmannanshire Council and representative for the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group on the RSA Steering Group, said: “Regional Skills Assessments are a useful resource for local authorities to help inform policy, planning and funding decisions.

“The new improved data matrices from excel to interactive visual will provide a one-stop shop for local Labour Market Information."

David Reid, Regional Skills Manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, added: “RSAs at both a regional and local level provide a suite of robust single source evidence bases with relevance beyond the education and skills sector.

“The RSA data matrix allows us to understand, analyse and forward plan as individual organisations and as collaborating stakeholders.”

“Over the last five years we’ve been working to continually increase the reach and use of Regional Skills Assessments and to make them more accessible, but this new tool is a step change in how this data can be accessed and used.”

Liz Byrne, National Skills Planning Lead, SDS

The new tool also makes it quicker for SDS to update LMI as and when new data is released, meaning users will find the latest, up-to-date LMI in the new tool within a few weeks of its release.

Liz added: “Later this year we’ll be publishing the latest series of RSA infographics and reports which will again provide a robust evidence base of skills demand across Scotland to guide and inform future investment, from apprenticeship contracting to Regional Outcome Agreements to the work of Regional Partnerships.

“But the appetite is growing not only for detailed, accurate and up-to-date evidence, but also for that evidence to be presented in a user-friendly form that is accessible to everyone.”

What's next?

The RSA Data Matrix is now available here.

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