About us

The Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory improves improve evidence-based practice and policy in the field of employment and skills. It is a research centre based within the University of Exeter's Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) team.

Since 1998 the Marchmont Observatory has provided research and analysis to support the implementation of employment and skills policies and has worked with partners from all sectors to develop innovative approaches to workforce development and social inclusion.

The Marchmont team have particular expertise in the fields of labour market analysis, monitoring and strategy development. We work closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and others to build a robust evidence base and to help ensure effective policy delivery in skills, employment and economic development.

Recent clients include: Heart of the South West LEP, Solent LEP, the Trades Union Congress, Skills Jersey, Digital Jersey, The British Council, Exeter City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Based at the University, we are able to draw upon much existing expertise and work closely with the Graduate School of Education, Business School and College of Social Sciences and International Studies.