Data Skills Assessment Task

Assessment code and title:AS2
Word limit: 1,000 words
Where the submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.
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Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on the Assessment Task.

The Assessment Task

The Data Skills module is designed to help students gather, calculate, analyse and evaluate data for both academic and professional scenarios. This assessment designed to develop your ability to make informed decision based on the data presented. Additionally, you will be able to garner data from either primary or secondary sources and be able to critically assess such data.
The Assignment
The Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted the labour market in the United Kingdom. During the last 24 months both employers and employees have complained about job market – employers find it difficult to hire trained, qualified and experienced personnel while some employees are finding it difficult to find jobs in their chosen sector. Given this backdrop, select one of the sectors listed below and answer the questions 1 and 2.

  1. Hospitality
  2. Business and finance
  3. Business and marketing
    Question 1
    Explain the difference between
    a. primary and secondary data
    b. qualitative and quantitative data
    both explanations must be illustrated with examples from your chosen sector.
    (Between 100 and 200 words)

Question 2
You are the Data Analyst for an organisation operating in your chosen sector. You are tasked with writing a report to the General Manager on the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the labour market in your chosen sector. You need to provide your manager with a balance view of both sides (employers and employees) based on the statistics available on the ONS website (or other credible data you may have researched).

You are required to use the tables provided below as a guide to produce charts, graphs and diagrams that will help to explain the problems occurring in the labour market within your chosen sector. You will need to discuss how the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected the growth and development of the labour market in your chosen sector. In order to complete this assessment, you must provide data (that is, any combinations of graphs, charts, tables and diagrams) from your own research on this topic.

Your research should cover the last 24 months (April 2020 – March 2022) and your report should include:

  1. Title
  2. Contents List
  3. Introduction
  4. Discussion – analysis and evaluation
    • Unemployment figures for the 24 months complete with graph
    • Number of jobs available in your chosen sector for the 24 months complete with graph
  5. Summary and conclusions
  6. Recommendations
  7. Appendix (optional)

(Between 900 and 1,000 words)

      Table 1
2019 DEC3.9%
2020 JAN4.0%
2020 FEB4.0%
2020 MAR4.1%
2020 APR4.1%
2020 MAY4.1%
2020 JUN4.3%
2020 JUL4.5%
2020 AUG4.8%
2020 SEP5.0%
2020 OCT5.1%
2020 NOV5.2%
2020 DEC5.1%
2021 JAN5.0%
2021 FEB4.9%
2021 MAR4.8%
2021 APR4.8%
Source: Unemployment rate (aged 16 and over, seasonally adjusted) – Office for National Statistics (
Table 2
2019 DEC76.5
2020 JAN76.6
2020 FEB76.3
2020 MAR76.0
2020 APR75.8
2020 MAY75.7
2020 JUN75.6
2020 JUL75.4
2020 AUG75.0
2020 SEP74.9
2020 OCT74.9
2020 NOV74.7
2020 DEC74.6
2021 JAN74.7
2021 FEB74.7
2021 MAR74.7
2021 APR74.8
Source: Employment rate (aged 16 to 64, seasonally adjusted) – Office for National Statistics (

The Format

The format of the assessment will be as prescribed in your module for presenting a business plan. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to present compelling arguments in support of your business model.

How you will be marked

The assessment will assess Learning Outcomes (LO) b and c, however you will be required to demonstrate knowledge of Learning Outcome a through computations required to complete this assessment.

Computations and charts. You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate core mathematical skills gleaned from your first trimester Data Skills and present accurate calculations and presentations of graphs, charts and tables (LO a). Additionally, you are expected to use these graphs, charts and tables to make meaningful analysis and evaluation of your findings and to make reasonable conclusions.

Effective Communication and Argument. For LO b and c, you are being assessed on your ability to communicate and present compelling written arguments clearly and effectively. You are expected to demonstrate your ability to glean data from other sources to support your discussion.     

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of the way in which data needs to be used in both academic and professional environments
Employability & Changemaker Skills Collect, use and explain data from a range of sources and undertake a simple and straight-forward research task

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