DTI/PSI Workshop on linked employer/employee data

Funded by: DTI


February 2005 to October 2005

PSI researchers:

Background, summary and aims

The role of linked employer-employee data (LEED) in advancing understanding of labour markets is well-established in parts of Northern Europe. Recognising the potential of such data, the United States has devoted considerable resources to constructing LEED from existing administrative sources. In the European Union, there is a similar drive.

In the United Kingdom, despite an excellent nationally-representative LEED survey which has helped us understand the contours of industrial relations, and the recent emergence of some administrative LEED sources, the analysis of such data remains in its relative infancy. Furthermore, throughout the world, we believe that insufficient attention has been paid to the ways in which LEED data can make a contribution to policy analysis.

This is the challenge to labour economists and other researchers as they seek to persuade national and supranational governments to commit sizeable resources to the production and analysis of these data.

It was in response to this challenge that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) ran a one-day workshop in London on the 16th September 2005, bringing together some of the principal LEED analysts from Europe and the United States.

Their papers, brought together in one volume (see below), deal with a variety of substantive issues. But all focus on how LEED have been used to bear down on questions of policy-relevance, and all identify the unique contribution that LEED have made to our understanding of labour markets and firms. They also touch on some of the technical and administrative problems encountered in generating such data, and the difficulties in ensuring that it is available at a time and in a form that can be readily digested by analysts and policy-makers in government and beyond.


The conference report has now been published:

Making Linked Employer-Employee Data Relevant to Policy,
DTI Occasional Paper No. 4 [pdf]