Policy makers need to change their mind-set in tackling skills mismatches according to a new report by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Among other findings, the report highlights that approximately 85% of jobs in the EU require, at least basic, digital skills.
The report presents an analysis of data gathered from Cedefop’s European Skills and Jobs Survey, which covers around 49,000 adult workers from across the EU. Emphasising the complexity in the supply and demand of different skills, both between countries, and between different industries and social groups, the report notes that, “One-size-fits-all policies are unlikely to be effective as EU countries tend to suffer from different forms of the problem but it is clear that undertaking policies to reduce skill mismatch can result in sizeable efficiency gains.”
On emerging demand for new digital skills, the report states, “It is visible, even to the untrained eye, that unripe technological advances, such as machine learning, big data analytics, the internet of things and advanced robotics, together with re- structuring in global value chains, are reshaping the world of work as we know it today.”
The full report can be downloaded from the website of Cedefop.