Event Industry Board’s (EIB) Talent Taskforce is calling for industry
colleagues to take part in a new survey launched by the Office for National
Statistics and Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research (IER),
which will look to develop the current framework for the Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) code.
ONS and IER launched the survey after a number of SOC users expressed a need
for a greater level of detail than is currently available. The SOC is a
recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according
to skill level and specialisation. This classification is then, in turn,
essential in the creation of the occupational and social statistics that inform
policy and the public.
Wright, chair on the Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce, said: “I highly
recommend that all of my industry colleagues take the time to fill out the
survey. A colleague once said to me ‘if you’re not counted, you
don’t count’ and this is a huge risk for the industry. It is hard to
prove market failure, access support or measure trends without these codes.
This is crucial as our recent study provided evidence that 61% of employers are
facing a skills shortage.”
and the US already have standardised codes, which recognise careers within the
event sector as a viable profession. By having a standardised code for the UK,
it will not only provide key market data but will also help to address the
current skills shortage.
Hirst OBE, chair on the Events Industry Board said: “This project is vital for
the future of our industry. No-one knows your profession better than you and we
need your expert knowledge about jobs in your sector to make this project a
success and ensure the industry is recognised. We have an exciting opportunity
to be able to create a standardised code for the industry but, we must strike
while the iron is hot, and we must have the support of the whole industry.”
user engagement survey can be accessed here. The survey will run until 30th September
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