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The Caithness Partnership
NOMIS National Online Manpower Information
Run on contract for the Office for National Statistics by a team at the University of Durham. Everyone can use it free of charge, with the exception of the Annual Business Enquiry to which access is restricted.
It holds a variety of labour market statistics including detailed statistics on JSA claimants and Jobcentre Plus vacancies.
Logging on to NOMIS
Enter the following address in the Internet Explorer address bar and click Go;
On the home page there is a panel titled Detailed Statistics. You have the choice of using the Wizard Query option, which will guide you through the process, or Advanced Query. Here we will look at the latter.
Click on the Advanced Query option.
You are now in the Login page. Here you can either register or proceed as a visitor. If you register it will avoid you seeing this page on subsequent visits and give you access to some facilities, such as saving enquiries for re-use. Choose Continue or Login to move on.
Before starting a NOMIS query you have to be clear as to what you want. The following criteria have to be set, or left at their default value, when setting up a query. These vary among datasets but the main ones are;
· output data for a single date or range of dates
· average data over a specified period
· change between two dates
Date the date or dates for which you want information.
· Geography Information is available for a variety of geographical areas. The choices, depending upon the dataset, can be:
· post code - down to the first digit of the second part i.e. for EH3 6BY you will be able to request either EH3 or EH3 6.
·Jobcentre Plus District
Rates/proportions in some Claimant Count datasets an unemployment rate calculated on the proportion of resident working age population can be requested.
Sex in some datasets gender based output can be requested.
Choose your dataset
Claimant Count - counts of JSA claimants.
Jobcentre Plus Vacancies
However, the same principles apply to other datasets.
Start by clicking on "Claimant Count". The theme will expand to show the list of datasets within it. You could choose "claimant count - age and duration" but, as this does not include claims being handled clerically, it would not count all claims. The better choice is "claimant count with rates and proportions", this includes all claims live on the count date.
Click on "claimant count with rates and proportions".
SETTING THE VARIOUS CRITERIA
Click on Analysis
The criteria are listed down the left side and a summary is given in the middle. Look at "analysis". The default option output data for a single date or range of dates is selected. Click on "analysis" and the alternatives are shown.
In this case we want to use the default so click on "continue to use the current analysis".
Click on date
The most recent month available has been selected by default. You can select other months by checking and un-checking boxes. Alternatively you may select a range of months from the drop-down lists at the top of the page.
We are only interested in the current month so leave the default unchanged.
Click on geography
We have choices to make here. Make sure that Select using list is selected.
A number of geographical areas are shown but not Jobcentre Plus districts or jobcentres. To get district information click on "postcode/jobcentre/nuts at the bottom of the page.
Among the choices are Jobcentre Plus districts and Jobcentre Plus offices. Click on the down arrow beside Jobcentre Plus offices and select some.
From the window at the top select the district you require. Unfortunately HICC&G has not yet been set up on NOMIS. We will have to select the relevant jobcentre from the pre June 05 districts. HICC&G consists of the old HICC district offices plus a group of offices from G&T.
First select Highlands, Islands and Clyde Coast from the drop down menu. As we want all the ex-HICC offices click Select all at the top of the list.
Now select Grampian and Tayside from the drop down menu. Here we must be selective. Fraserburgh, Peterhead, the Aberdeen offices and Banff are now in HICC&G so select them.
Click on rates / proportions
For some geographical areas eg countries & local authorities, but not jobcentres, this will provide percentage unemployment rates. The default for this setting is no rates or proportions so leave it as it is.
Click on sex.
If you wish you may select male/female/total claimant here. The default is total.
Click on variable
The default is total. Leave it at that.
Click on review selections
That should be everything set. Here you can check that the correct selections have been made. If necessary go back to the criteria and correct the selection.
OBTAINING THE RESULTS
Click on extract data
Here NOMIS will offer you what it considers to be the best layout. You may change it if you wish. You must change the Data format to something else. This option does not work with JCP computers. I suggest selecting comma separated values which will give you the data on something similar to an Excel spreadsheet.
Click on download data.
When the grey file download messages appear select Open this file from its current location.
The data appear on what looks like an excel spreadsheet. However it will not email or save in this format. Copy and paste it into an Excel spreadsheet.
SAVING THE QUERY
To do this, provided you have not cleared the NOMIS screen, click save on the left under the other criteria and follow the on screen instructions.
Click new dataset in the top left hand corner.
Again select claimant count.
JSA claimants qualify for New Deal primarily by their age and duration of claim so this time select claimant count age and duration (June 1985 etc.)
SETTING THE CRITERIA
Click on age duration. Here NOMIS has pre-defined some age and claim duration combinations. Select the appropriate combinations.
Leave date unchanged as we want the current (default) information.
Click geography. Select postcode/jobcentre/nuts. Click on the down arrow beside Jobcentre Plus offices and select some. Select Glasgow. Click on select all.
Ignore median, percent , rates / proportions and sex.
Click on review selections and check.
If the selections are correct extract data and download as before.
There are many other queries possible but these principles apply to all.
If you have any queries please contact;
Jobcentreplus Office for Scotland
Phone 0131 221 4230