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Florida Skills Gap and Job Vacancy Survey
Research with the Department of Economic Opportunity and Career Source Florida
In 2017, Oppenheim Research was contracted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to conduct a statewide survey for the twenty four regions of Career Source Florida, a state agency that oversees job training and placement throughout the state. The purpose of the research was to collect information on job vacancies and skills gaps in order to train a skilled workforce to meet the needs of businesses and aid in reemployment.
The study went statewide after a successful pilot test in Broward County in 2016, used to test a new web survey method and to test the validity of the skill gap results. The statewide survey in 2017 lasted over seven months and yielded 35,000 successful interviews with randomly sampled Florida employers.
The results of the study are available in the following reports:
Skills Gap Report
Skills Gap Booklet
Florida Skills Gap and Job Vacancy Interactive Tool
Year in Summary
The year of 2017 was very productive for Oppenheim Research. Throughout the year, a variety of different projects were conducted at the local, state, and national level for private companies and government agencies. The company is conducting ongoing customer satisfaction surveys and providing detailed reports for utility providers in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. Oppenheim Research also continues to contribute to local and national diversity and disparity studies. Most recently, Oppenheim Research conducted a large-scale study on job vacancies and skills gaps in the workforce for the state government.
Previous Public Projects
Oppenheim Research was contracted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to do an education campaign for an initiative called “Think About Personal Pollution”, or TAPP for short. The project spanned over ten years, from 2004-2016, and consisted of many parts, including qualitative research through population surveys and quantitative research in focus groups. The purpose of the research was to establish baseline measures of public knowledge about water pollution and storm water run- off issues, and to then measure changes in public awareness. Changes in recognition of TAPP ads, participation in local outreach programs, and the public education campaign in general were evaluated. To see more about the TAPP campaign, please visit their website.