Cross country event on skills mismatch

The European Training Foundation (ETF) has launched in 2020 an initiative for measuring the incidence of skills mismatches in the EU Neighbourhood and Central Asia (ETF Partner Countries).

The assessment of skills mismatch in the Partner Countries led to the following results:

  • Development of a battery of feasible mismatch indicators building on ETF previous research on the topic (2017-2018), datasets available in some 20 partner countries, guidelines concerning skills mismatches measurement adopted by the 18th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (International Labour Organization), and similar research conducted by Eurostat, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  • Calculation of skills mismatch indicators, with focus on school and labour market disengagement as well as mismatches by level of education (vertical) and field of study (horizontal). On top of that, relevant age groups (young vs. adults), and types of education (tertiary vs secondary; vocational vs general) were considered to secure relevant evidence for policy making.
  • Review of data availability and recommendations for methodological adjustment, related to full harmonisation of national education classifications with international standards in the field; and increase in statistics sensitivity to various education types and programmes.  

The ETF work on skills mismatch is framed within the overall effort to build up skills and labour market intelligence in the EU Neighbourhood and Central Asia; and enhance the relevance of initial and continuing education and training. This is in line with European Union’s strategic priorities to invest in skills development and outreach workers, jobseekers and other groups exposed to skills obsolescence as a result of deep changes in skills demand and supply and accelerated labour market transitions.

The objectives of this meeting are:

  • to share the results of mismatch calculation using selected datasets (ie Labour Force Survey) and discuss the main methodological takeaways in some 20 participating countries.
  • to foster an exchange on latest international and European developments relevant for the assessment of skills mismatches and implications for policy actions in the areas of education, (re)training and employment.  
  • to review future opportunities for research and knowledge expansion, as well as capacity building in the area of skills intelligence and further opportunities for cooperation with the ETF and other international and European organizations.

Working languages: English, Arabic, Russian, Albanian, Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin, Macedonian, Turkish.

For more insights, check out the first provisional results for vertical mismatch: incidence of over-skilling/over-education total/female/youths for 17 ETF partner countries





More information

Presentation Economix
Presentation skills mismatch Israel
Presentation ILO
Presentation Eurostat
Presentation Cedefop
Presentation OECD
Presentation WB
Presentation Skills Lab
Skills mismatch note for the event
Skills mismatch measurement in ETF partner countries