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The Office for National Statistics publish an annual report, based on data from the Labour Force Survey, detailing how frequently people use the internet. In 2017, 88% of people in the district aged 16 and over had used the internet in the last 12 months. Conversely, 12% of people had used the internet over 3 months ago or had never used the internet.
More detail is available from the survey by looking at internet usage across West Yorkshire as a whole, and this shows that the proportion of people who have never used the internet has fallen markedly over the past seven years (see chart below).
People in West Yorkshire who have never used the internet. Source: ONS.
In 2011, all households were given the option of completing their Census forms online, and across Wakefield District 17.2% chose this option. This was very similar to the regional average (17.0%) and only slightly lower than the rate seen across England as a whole (19.0%). There was variation within the district, with the highest rates of online returns coming from households in Fairway Village, Normanton (24.6%) and College Grove, Wakefield (23.9%) - two quite different types of neighbourhood; and the lowest rates of online returns coming from Carleton Park, Pontefract (10.6%) and parts of Ryhill and Havercroft (10.9%). While this variation indicates that digital skills and usage may be more common among younger, higher income neighbourhoods, other factors - such as the potential for web page translation - may make digital transactions more attractive to certain population groups (e.g. ethnic minority groups or people with a visual impairment).
Proportion of households completing their 2011 Census forms online. Source: ONS.
UK Commission's Employer Skills Survey (UKCESS) 2015
The UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015 provided a comprehensive picture of skills needs and training investment, including vacancies and skills shortages, employee skill gaps and the recruitment of education leavers and young people. Although the sample of businesses from Wakefield District is limited (391 employers), results were collated and published at Local Education Authority level and a summary of the findings from Wakefield is shown in the table below.
The survey findings are very similar to regional and national averages, the only exception being that in Wakefield the proportion of vacancies that were due to skills shortages (11%) was very much lower than in the Leeds City Region as a whole (25%) and England as a whole (23%).
UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015. Source: UK Commission for Employment and Skills .
The Employer Skills Survey 2017 is being delivered by the Department for Education, with field work for the survey being carried out between April and September 2017.