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Skills and Employment Survey 2017

The Skills and Employment Survey (2017) collects data on what people do at work, what skills they use and how they work.

The 2017 survey is the seventh in a series of studies which began in 1986. A total of 3,306 workers took part in the latest survey. These cross-sectional surveys provide the means to chart and explain the changing pattern of job quality and skills over time.

The series is a crucial part of the social science research infrastructure which has provided the basis for many publications.

The first findings of the 2017 survey were published in 2018 and are available as short reports as shown below. A series of refereed journal articles written by the research team have also been published on productivityinsecurity and approaches to measuring job quality such as the use of a quiz. Researchers wishing to analyse the data themselves should go to the UK Data Service where the Skills and Employment Survey series as well as the 2017 version are available for download.

'What are the best measures of good work?' (.docx, 29.6KB).

'How Good is My Job?' on YouTube

Short reports

Technical reports

Welsh reports

Project team

The project is being led by Professor Alan Felstead (Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University). Other members of the research team are:

  • Professor Duncan Gallie (Nuffield College, Oxford)
  • Professor Francis Green (UCL Institute of Education)
  • Dr Golo Henseke (LLAKES, UCL Institute of Education).


The project is being funded by a consortium of funders. These are:

Fieldwork Agency

The fieldwork for the 2017 survey is being carried out by GfK. GfK is part of a worldwide market research organisation which operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 13,000 staff.

The project team

Principal investigator