MD2357 Burning Glass Job Vacancy Data

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD2357
Date signed: 
08 October 2018
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

The GLA wishes to extend its licence to purchase Labour Insight, a software package produced by Burning Glass Technologies which provides access to quarterly data feeds on job vacancies for London, for a further 12 months.

The GLA’s existing licence is for 15 months of data, expiring in August 2018.

A Mayoral Decision is being sought because the total spend on Labour Insight to date, including this extension, will be £225,000.

The licence extension will be procured with a Single Source Justification.

Decision

That the Mayor approves:

1. Expenditure of up to a maximum of £75,000 for the extension of a software licence for Labour Insights for 12 further months (taking total spend to £225k); and

2. An exemption from the GLA’s Contracts and Funding Code requirement to undertake a formal tender process or seek a call-off from a suitable framework for goods or services between £10,000 and £150,000.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

The GLA wishes to extend its licence to purchase Labour Insight, a software package produced by Burning Glass Technologies (BGT), which provides access to quarterly data feeds on job vacancies for London. The first year’s supply of data was approved though Director’s Decision DD1459, and the previous extension was approved through Director’s Decision DD2135.

The data provided by BGT will be presented on the forthcoming GLA Skills & Employment Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub will improve access to information to support learners, employers and providers in London to make informed decisions about training. It will be an online platform which will gather, publish and present relevant data at regional and sub-regional level.

The licence will also continue to provide a useful resource for the Skills & Employment Unit, GLA Economics and external stakeholders to understand demand in London’s labour market. The data will be used by GLA officers to deliver the Mayor’s skills and economic development strategies, and in preparations for the devolution of the Adult Education Budget.

Since 2012, BGT has sourced London (and UK) job postings daily from thousands of sites using Al ‘robots’ or ‘spiders’ to crawl the web to look for jobs. No single job site accounts for more than a few percent of the data feed, which includes data from employers-own websites, those posted on Government sites such as Universal Jobmatch and the Apprenticeship Service, as well as those posted by agencies and on job boards. BGT is uniquely placed to provide timely data on job postings that includes information on: standardised industry (SIC) codes, standardised occupation (5CC) codes, location at Local Authority level, salary, qualification requirements, contract-type and job—type.

BGT has also offered to resource work with the GLA to adapt the data and software to better meet Mayoral objectives. As well as the supply of data, this will provide an opportunity to explore how Labour Insight could help to deliver the GLA’s aim to provide data on how labour demand matches up to skills provision in London as outlined in the Skills for Londoners Strategy.

Single source justification is being sought to support the continuation of the GLA’s licence with BGT, based on the grounds for exemption set out in the GLA Contracts and Funding Code, as ‘previous involvement in a specific current project or continuation of existing work that cannot be separated from the new project/work’

Objectives and expected outcomes

The GLA wishes to extend the licence to purchase Labour Insights, which is software providing access to quarterly data feeds on job vacancies for London produced by BGT.

It will enable access to timely data on job postings for vacancies available in London, which can be broken down by a number of variables such as: qualifications/skills, occupation, sector, job type, source of advert, pay and low-level geography.

The data will contribute to the forthcoming Skills & Employment Knowledge Hub. The Mayor’s skills strategy sets out plans for the Knowledge Hub to provide regularly updated data on the skills employers need, and information on the availability and quality of further education in providing learners with the skills they need to succeed. This will allow the GLA to work collaboratively with adult education and apprenticeship providers to use improved data on employer skills needs and social objectives to better align provision and commission programmes that will help to create a pipeline of skilled Londoners who can make the most of London’s social and economic opportunities. It will also provide a useful resource for learners to make informed choices and other stakeholders to get a better understanding of skills demand and provision in the capital. In addition to supplying the Labour Insight job vacancy data, BGT has committed to working with the GLA to explore how the data it provides can meet the objectives of the Knowledge Hub.

The Labour Insight data provided by BGT will be used by GLA officers to deliver other objectives in the Mayor’s skills and economic development strategies, and in preparations for the devolution of the Adult Education Budget. GLA officers will also work with BGT to explore how it can be used to support the forthcoming Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub by providing data on how skill provision matches up to labour demand in London.

The data produced through use of the software will also be published on the London Datastore to assist skills stakeholders and providers across the region in identifying skills needs through published vacancy data.

Equality comments

Officers confirm that the procurement and commissioning of the activities described above will conform with requirements made under the Public Sector Equality Duty, and that any increased knowledge of skills and employability needs of particular learner groups will be used to inform future specifications for work.

Other considerations

The data will inform the work of the Mayor’s forthcoming Skills for Londoners Business Partnership Board. The Business Partnership Board will advise on how to improve and align skills provision to meet skills needs in London. As part of this work, the board will review, contextualise and endorse skills data to inform skills provision and learner decisions, and this data will support the board to understand changing employer demand.

The data produced through use of the software will assist skills stakeholders and providers across the region in identifying skills needs through published vacancy data.

The data will be made available publicly through the London Data Store¸ which is the Mayor’s free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the capital.

The supplier has also agreed to work with GLA officers to adapt the product to better meet Mayoral objectives, including the provision of data on how skills provision matches up to labour demand in London.

Financial comments

Approval is being sought for expenditure of up to £75,000 to extend the Labour Insight licence for a further 12 months.

 

The expenditure will be funded from the 2018-19 Skills Strategy Budget within the Skills and Employment Unit.

 

This will bring the total spend to date up to £225,000. Full spend to date is as follows:

 

Date covered

SSJ Number

Fee

03/05/16 - 04/05/17

SSJICT12379

£75,000

01/04/17 – 30/06/17

SSJICT12379_2017

£0

01/07/17 – 30/06/18

SSJICT12379_2017

£75,000

03/08/18 – 02/08/19

SSJICT12379_2018

£75,000

Total spend to date

 

£150,000

Total spend to date including the extension to 2019

SSJICT12379_2018

£225,000

Activity table

Activity

Timeline

Purchase of licence extension

08/2018

Delivery Start Date

09/2018

Project evaluation Start Date

04/2019

Delivery End Date [for project proposals]

08/2019

Project / evaluation closure

08/2019


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