OECD 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 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
  • Defining “green skills” using data 7. October 2016 15:24
    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 30. September 2016 7:28
    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 13. September 2016 5:00
    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 1. August 2016 12:19
    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 28. July 2016 6:55
    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 22. July 2016 8:49
    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