Participate in the Department for Education’s Employer Skills Survey

Department for Education (DFE) is reaching out to UK employers to get their views on skills supply and skills development by completing a survey.

The survey, which is based on over 87,000 telephone interviews with UK employers, is one of the largest employer surveys in the world.

The survey is vital to the work of the DFE and their partners both within national and local government. The survey gathers information on the skills challenges that employers face within their existing workforces and in terms of bringing in new skilled labour, the levels and nature of training investment and the relationship between skills challenges, training activity and business strategy.

Research for the survey is being carried out between April and September 2017 by IFF research, BMG research and Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Department for Education and their partners:

  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Northern Ireland Department for the Economy

The results of the survey will be made publically available on the website in Summer 2018. If you participate in the survey you will be asked if you would like to receive a summary report of the findings of the survey.

Findings from the previous survey in 2015 are available online, as well as instructions for participants. If you have any questions about the survey, email