.KIRKLEES Council is set to undertake its largest ever employer survey.
For the first time Kirklees Council has joined forces with neighbouring authority Calderdale Council to jointly commission firm Ecorys Survey to carry out the work on their behalf.
The councils will begin surveying companies from April 4 in a bid to develop a clear picture of the local economy and identify where it best needs to focus its support for businesses.
The survey will include telephone interviews with up to 2,200 local firms, 1,400 of which will be in Kirklees.
Thirty businesses will be selected for more in-depth interviews, to identify their strategic priorities with regards to local investment and job creation in the area.
The main purpose is to find out how local businesses are coping in the current economic climate and to identify their pressing needs which will help the councils to better target and prioritise their limited resources in support of the local economy.
In previous years, the employer survey has provided policy makers with essential intelligence about the Kirklees economy and the needs of businesses, with the evidence being used to underpin key strategic documents such as the Kirklees Local Economic Assessment and the Integrated Strategy.
The results of the survey will be published in June.