OECD skills and work blog

The OECD skills and work blog is a platform that aims to share leading analysis related to the skills of the workforce, how skills are used at work, the mismatch between skills and jobs’ requirements, how countries assess and respond to changing skill needs and other issues related to skills and work.

Contributors include mainly experts in skills and labour markets in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Recent posts:

  • Getting Skills Right in Italy 16. January 2018 10:00
    By Fabio Manca Italy has only just started to recover from the Global Financial Crisis with moderate improvements in both economic growth and labour market performance. While the crisis put an extraordinary stress on Italy’s productive system and its labour market, some of the causes behind the current economic weakness are deeply rooted in the … More Getting Skills Right in Italy
  • Getting Skills Right in France 14. December 2017 14:35
    By Marieke Vandeweyer France’s economy has been recovering gradually from the Global Financial Crisis, and economic growth is projected to continue to strengthen in the next years (OECD, 2017). However, the unemployment rate remains above the OECD and EU average and a large share of the unemployed have been out of work for more than … More Getting Skills Right in France
  • Italy: no country for young people? 4. December 2017 12:00
    By Alessia Forti Nearly one-third of all jobs held by young people in Italy were destroyed during the recession[i]. Young people were hit hard – harder than their elders – probably because they were more likely to hold temporary jobs (easier to terminate) at the time of the crisis, and/or were new entrants to the … More Italy: no country for young people?
  • Getting skills right in the United Kingdom 20. November 2017 12:00
    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 14. November 2017 9:21
    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 8. November 2017 13:01
    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 9. July 2017 23:00
    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 9. April 2017 16:00
    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? 30. March 2017 10:17
    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 23. March 2017 14:00
    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