Online Job Advert Data for ONS – Market Engagement

Online Job Advert Data for ONS – Market Engagement

ONS is looking to identify and engage with industry partners to help bring third party data and/or expertise to access better and more relevant data sources.

Online Job Advert Data – Market Engagement

Contract summary



    • Data services – 72300000
    • Database services – 72320000
    • Recruitment services – 79600000

Location of contract

NP10 8XG

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

17 August 2021

Closing date

7 September 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

8 September 2021

Contract end date

9 September 2021

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open (non-OJEU)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?




ONS is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the National Statistical Institute for the UK. Formally, it is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-Ministerial Department established by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population, and society at national, regional and local levels. ONS plays a leading role in national and international good practice in the production of official statistics.
ONS is looking to identify and engage with industry partners to help bring third party data and/or expertise to access better and more relevant data sources. This will help improve the quality and usefulness of official statistics about our population, society, and economy that decision makers, businesses and citizens so urgently need.

ONS is seeking to develop partnerships with organisations that hold information about online job adverts in the UK. We are looking to use the data as a proxy measure for changing labour demand by producing a measure of online job adverts split by Local Authority. We would be looking to make this series publicly available on our website as part of a regular release. As well as publishing aggregate information, we are also interested to understand if organisations would support the sharing of microdata across government departments.
The data will need to include the following variables at a minimum:
-Job description
-Low-level geography classification (Local Authority at a minimum, or information to be able to derive this in-house)
-Job title
-Additional variables relating to job adverts which would also be useful include:
-Additional geographic labels such as Travel to Work Areas, Local Enterprise Partnerships
-Standard industry classifications
-Standard occupation classifications
-The skills required for the job
-The original posting date or the length of posting

The types of organisations that should consider contacting us include:
-Providers offering substantial coverage of the whole UK online job advert market.
-Types of support could include:
-Supply of bulk data extracts
-Supply of relevant metadata and/or documentation on how data enters the system and how it is processed
-Provision of aggregated data as defined by ONS

What can a partnership with ONS offer?
An opportunity to work with a world class statistics organisation, to create better and more timely statistics to be used by all for the benefit of the public good. There is a possibility for this work to be funded if all requirements are met by the provider.

How to register

Please register on ONS’s e-tendering portal – . You will then be able to ‘express an interest’ in this project (all current projects can be found under ‘Current Tenders’).
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Additional text
This Exercise is NOT a pre-qualification or selection exercise and is NOT part of any pre-qualification or selection process that may apply to any future potential procurement. It is intended to act as an awareness and information gathering exercise offering an opportunity for suppliers to advise the extent to which they potentially can provide some or all the services that ONS may require, in order to help ONS with its future intentions.

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

Clare Jones


Government Buildings
Cardiff Road
NP10 8XG
United Kingdom


01633 651633