A New Initiative: Adapting to Changing Skills Needs

By Katharine Mullock. With trends in technology, globalisation and population ageing triggering changing skill requirements in many occupations, countries need to be prepared.  As Stefano Scarpetta, the OECD Director for Employment Labour and Social Affairs, puts it: “If countries are unprepared, these changes in skills demand can lead to skill shortages and unfilled vacancies or … More A New Initiative: Adapting to Changing Skills Needs

What skills do employers want?

By Guillermo Montt. Previous discussions on skills mismatch or the future of work highlight the importance of skill demand to develop skill policies and an efficient linkage between skill development and skill use. Skills demanded at work can be grouped in four broad categories: basic information-processing skills, advanced cognitive skills, technical job-specific skills and socio-emotional skills. Of these … More What skills do employers want?

Gender differences in career choices and their consequences

By Glenda Quintini. One of the most striking findings when comparing the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) – which focuses on 16-65-year olds – to the PISA survey – which targets 15-year-old students – is the evolution of the gender gap in proficiency. In fact, in the PISA assessment, girls tend to outperform boys in … More Gender differences in career choices and their consequences

Taking a place-based approach to employment and skills strategies

By Jonathan Barr. Across the OECD, efforts are being taken to boost overall growth and investment. A skilled workforce represents a key marketing chip for local economies to attract investment and opportunity. However, efforts to boost job creation and employment can be undermined by potential skills mismatches or situations of low-skills equilibrium at the local … More Taking a place-based approach to employment and skills strategies