Getting skills right in the United Kingdom

By Katharine Mullock The United Kingdom has enjoyed record-high employment levels in recent years and one of the lowest unemployment rates among OECD countries.  However, labour productivity growth, which is closely linked to the use of skills, remains weak.  This has been translated into weak growth in wages. Job prospects of many adults are also … More Getting skills right in the United Kingdom

Getting skills right in South Africa

By Marieke Vandeweyer South Africa has suffered from persistently high unemployment and low labour force participation rates. The resulting under-use of skills is a waste of valuable productive resources and is likely to lead to skills depreciation and obsolescence. Not having the right skills in the first place is also hampering many South Africans from … More Getting skills right in South Africa

Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs

By Katharine Mullock Skills mismatch and shortages are costly for individuals, employers and society in terms of reducing pay, lowering productivity and dampening growth. Therefore, tackling these skill imbalances should be a high priority for policy. But what can de done? A new OECD report (Getting Skills Right: Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill … More Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs

The OECD Skills for Jobs Database

By Marieke Vandeweyer The new OECD Skills for Jobs Database is being released today at the conference on Adapting to Changing Skill Needs at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. The database provides timely information for European countries and South Africa about skills shortages and surpluses, as well as qualification and field-of-study mismatch. The database covers … More The OECD Skills for Jobs Database

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