Emsi is Collab Group's official partner for labour market information.

Emsi provide the labour market data available to professionals in higher education, economic development, workforce development, talent acquisition, and site selection. Their data, which covers more than 99% of the workforce, is compiled from a wide variety of government sources, job postings, and online profiles and résumés. Emsi use data to solve a variety of problems: align programmes with regional needs, equip students with career visions, understand regional economic and workforce activity, and find and hire the right talent. They serve clients across the world including in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

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What we are doing together

Collab Group and EMSI collaborate on a range of initiatives aimed at delivering value for our member colleges and shaping debate within the sector. We have worked on an economic impact study which demonstrated the economic contribution that Collab Group colleges make across the UK. The study showed that collectively our members contributed £31 billion in gross income into the UK economy. We have also collaborated more recently on a publication looking at T-levels. The document showed that while learners may have concerns that a T-level may restrict their career prospects, they are learning a set of highly transferable overlapping skills that will have broader relevance to a range of career paths.

We also work together to identify opportunities for our member colleges to benefit from the insight that EMSI can leverage into aligning college provision to the skills needs of local economies.

We are currently working on a Skills Gap Survey which aims to demonstrate how Collab Group colleges meet skills demands in critical economic sectors. The report will prove useful in building an evidence base to show the contribution that Collab Group colleges make to employers and local economies.


EMSI is a market leader regarding the provision of labour market data and they connect people, employers and educators through their wide range of specialisms.


Labour Market information

Use of major data sources including BRES, WJS and ASHE to produce complete, accurate and reliable sources of information.


Data Analytics

Analysis of data about talent and the labour market to enable a strategic understanding of the talent market.


Career Coach

An online service that uses Emsi’s comprehensive labor market data to help students find careers that match their strengths.



Tailoring of data to address clients’ needs in customised studies.


Workforce Insights

Collection and use of data to help colleges offer the right programs and get students on a path to career success.


Economic Impact

Collection of data and production of custom reports that measure the impact of colleges on the regional economy and workforce.