Financial incentives for steering education and training

By Stijn Broecke At a time when globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are profoundly altering the types of jobs that are available, as well as how and by whom they are carried out, investing in skills is more important than ever to build resilient and inclusive labour markets that underpin social cohesion and well-being. … More Financial incentives for steering education and training

What skills are needed for tomorrow’s digital world?

By Glenda Quintini Information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing profoundly the skill profile of jobs. The use of ICT in the workplace – affecting only a handful of jobs a few decades ago – is now required in all but two occupations in the United States: dishwashing and food cooking (Berger and Frey, 2017). … More What skills are needed for tomorrow’s digital world?

Cognitive skills in middle-income countries: Evidence from PIAAC and STEP

By Marieke Vandeweyer The OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which measures cognitive skills of the adult population, has recently been expanded to include nine additional countries (see our earlier blog post “The survey of adult skills: Nine more countries added on”). As a result of this extension, the survey now covers 33 countries. The … More Cognitive skills in middle-income countries: Evidence from PIAAC and STEP

Defining “green skills” using data

By Katharine Mullock. On Tuesday, the EU joined more than 55 other countries, including China and the United States, in ratifying the Paris climate agreement, thus setting it in motion.  Negotiated almost a year ago, the climate deal commits countries to freeze further increases in the global average temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius … More Defining “green skills” using data

Some well-known (and some lesser-known) facts about digitalisation, deindustrialisation and the future of work

By Stijn Broecke. Today the OECD has released a new working paper by Thor Berger and Carl Frey (famous from his work on the automatability of jobs) which provides a systematic overview of the literature examining the impact of digitalisation on labour markets. By now, the stylised facts are becoming well-known: Over the course of … More Some well-known (and some lesser-known) facts about digitalisation, deindustrialisation and the future of work

Italy’s skills and labour market challenges in an ageing society

By Fabio Manca. In Italy there is an interesting link between age, skills and labour market challenges. Italy is one of many developed countries where youth represent an increasingly smaller fraction of the overall population. This is the result of both low birth rates but also of longer life expectancy, both of which can, at … More Italy’s skills and labour market challenges in an ageing society

Summer break

We will be taking a break from blogging over the month of August and hope to see you back here in September. In the meantime, we would like to thank you all for your continued support & wish you a relaxing summer break!

Gender gaps in emerging economies: the role of skills

By Paolo Falco. Despite unprecedented progress over the past century, gender gaps in the labour market persist throughout the emerging world and are accompanied by important skill gaps. Most notably, women tend to perform worse in STEM subjects, have lower financial literacy and business knowledge than men. The OECD Employment Outlook 2016 paints an up-to-date … More Gender gaps in emerging economies: the role of skills

Enhancing Workforce Employability in G20 countries

By Glenda Quintini. During its presidency of the G20, China decided to focus the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting (LEMM) on the theme of “Innovation: Decent work, Enhanced Employability and Adequate job opportunities” (IDEA). To inform discussions around this topic, the international organisations were asked to prepare background reports on relevant themes and the … More Enhancing Workforce Employability in G20 countries

More on the Survey of Adult Skills: The outcome of investment in skills

By Paulina Granados Zambrano. The recently published Second International Report for the Survey of Adults Skills, Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills, looks in detail at the extent to which proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments matters for the well-being of individuals and nations. The answer that … More More on the Survey of Adult Skills: The outcome of investment in skills