Getting skills right: good practice in adapting to changing skill needs: a perspective on France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom


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Skills have the potential to transform lives and drive economies. However, in many countries, imbalances between the supply and demand for skills lead to significant skill mismatches and shortages, with as many as three in five workers in the OECD employed in jobs that do not make the best use of their skills. At the same time, a large number of employers report hiring problems due to skill shortages. This report is part of a series examining how countries measure changing skill needs and how they develop skills that respond to labour market needs and how they ensure that these skills...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Labour market; Policy; Quality; Research; Employment

Keywords: OECD country; Policy analysis; Comparative analysis; Measurement; Policy formation; Best practice; Skill shortage; Skill needs; Skills mismatch; Labour supply; Labour demand; Labour utilisation; Underemployment

Geographic subjects: France; Italy; Spain; Great Britain; Europe; South Africa; Africa

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2017

Physical description: 79 p.

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ISBN: 9789264277892 (pdf); 9789264277885 (print)

ISSN: 2520-6117 (print), 2520-6125 (online)

Resource type: Report

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Document number: TD/TNC 129.157

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