The workforce reports, for 2014-15, provide data about the entire workforce, allowing organisations and employees to see how they compare to others in terms of gender balance, pay, percentage of qualified staff and areas which are hardest to recruit.
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The analysis of the FE college workforce contained in these reports relies on the Staff Individual Record (SIR) submissions, which includes anonymised staff contract data. For 2014-15 the response rate from colleges increased to 115 institutions (a third of all colleges) which was 79,049 staff contracts. This is a significant improvement on the previous year, when only a quarter of colleges participated.
The data describing the workforce in private, statutory and third sector providers has been generated by surveys distributed through their respective networks and with the help of the relevant membership bodies. We received responses from 63 private training providers, 47 local authority providers and 37 third sector providers.