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:

  • The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018 22. October 2018 11:38
    By Annelore Verhagen On 22  October, the OECD released the 2018 edition of its Skills for Jobs Database at a launch event in Paris. The updates and new results of the database were presented during an interactive session with employers, trade unions, government representatives, NGO’s, researchers and other stakeholders. At the event, Hervé Guignot (Lead Data Scientist … More The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018
  • EU-OECD Forum – Making Adult Learning Work for the Future 19. September 2018 15:39
    New technologies, globalisation and population ageing are affecting the type and quality of jobs that are available, and the skills required to do them. In many countries the number of manufacturing jobs, for example, is decreasing. New jobs requiring new combinations of skills, such as data scientists or social media managers, are emerging in their … More EU-OECD Forum – Making Adult Learning Work for the Future
  • Getting Skills Right in Spain 26. April 2018 13:20
    By Katharine Mullock While economic growth has picked up in Spain since 2014, the country is still struggling to recover from the Global Financial Crisis with unemployment still high at 17.2% (well above the OECD average of 5.8%). A key message from a new OECD report on Spain is that a better alignment between the … More Getting Skills Right in Spain
  • Upskilling Kazakhstan’s workforce 18. April 2018 8:00
    By Alessia Forti As argued in the OECD report Building Inclusive Labour Markets in Kazakhstan (OECD, 2017), investing in skills and human capital is crucial to tackle Kazakhstan’s strong dependence on natural resources and embark on a path of economic diversification. This report highlights how equipping the workforce with the right types of skills will … More Upskilling Kazakhstan’s workforce
  • What skills are in high demand? Evidence from the OECD Skills for Jobs database 9. April 2018 10:22
    By Priscilla Fialho Several trends, such as technological change, population ageing and globalisation, are simultaneously affecting the demand and supply of different types of skills. This can generate skill shortages, particularly in countries where supply is not sufficiently responsive to changes in skill demand. Despite the costs that these skill shortages can entail for employers … More What skills are in high demand? Evidence from the OECD Skills for Jobs database
  • 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