Helping your child choose a career – parents guide to Labour Market Information (LMI)

Helping your child choose a career – parents guide to Labour Market Information (LMI)

With Labour Market Information you can help your child choose a career by understanding job trends, salaries and much more. See how to use LMI in over 700 Plotr careers.

When helping your child look at careers there are so many options to navigate. What information do you need to make informed decisions, and where can you get it?

Perhaps your child is thinking about a career they’d like and wants to know more. Perhaps you’re considering your child’s future options together when exam results come in. Maybe you want to explore careers matching your child’s interests or skills, like music or science. Either way, certain questions are likely to come up – and the answers could help with future choices.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • Would my child need to go to university to get started in their chosen career? Are any special qualifications or entry requirements needed?
  • How much do people get paid for that career?
  • What’s the average salary?
  • What are the top industries my child could work in with that career choice?
  • Are there jobs in that career area? How much competition is there for those jobs?
  • What are the job trends for that career over time? Is the demand for those jobs shrinking or growing?
  • Where are the jobs to be found? Are there local opportunities for a career my child is interested in? Would they need to move?
  • How much time would they spend doing their job?
  • What are the top paying jobs?

These are all useful questions to consider when helping your child choose a career direction. The answers you’re looking for come under the umbrella term of Labour Market Information (LMI).

What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?

LMI is information to do with work and employment. It’s grouped data that gives you an overview of things like salaries and wage rates, the availability of jobs for a career or industry, skill gaps, demand for jobs over time, regional demand for jobs and more.

LMI is important to young people choosing their careers. Is there more competition for journalism jobs than teaching maths? Do lawyers earn typically more than librarians? Your child has many questions to ask themselves, but LMI can help them sift through their options to make decisions that match their goals, interests, skills, training, location, potential for regular growth and progression, and other key factors.

How to find Labour Market Information for careers on Plotr

Plotr lists over 700 careers featuring the following Labour Market Information for that career pathway:

  • Important skills for the job
  • Average salary
  • Top 10 industries for the job in question
  • Average weekly hours of work in that job
  • Employment by region
  • Past and predicted employment figures for the job from 2011 to 2020

Each career will also give you useful information covering what’s involved, perks and challenges of the job, useful skills and qualifications, sneak peek videos, how to get started, youth-friendly employers in the industry and much, much more.

The Labour Market Information on Plotr is supplied by LMI for All, which has been developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and brings together national sources of reliable, high quality LMI. It includes information from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures, including vacancy data from Universal JobMatch.

The Labour Market Information on Plotr is up to date in terms of information currently available from these sources.

Helping your child choose a career through Plotr

You and your child can explore careers on Plotr in a number of ways:

Whenever you feel the time is right to sit down with your child and talk careers, you’ll want your child to make the most informed decisions possible – and Labour Market Information is freely available on Plotr to help you both on that journey.

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