This report is about people. The report is focused on the qualities of the workforce and how these might interact with Smart Specialisation strategies. In particular, it examines how different characteristics of the workforce are correlated with labour productivity, since this is where skills strategies are likely to have the greatest impact.

It is supposed that productivity is enhanced by innovation, which should be associated with Smart Specialisation. Hence the report should help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Devolved Administrations (DAs) to identify areas of skills and characteristics of the population, which aid the implementation of Smart Specialisation strategies.