Understanding the dynamics of skill mismatch is a crucial component of Cedefop’s work on skills in the European labour market.
The main findings of Cedefop’s latest skill demand and supply forecast for the European Union (1) (EU) for 2010-20 (Box 1), indicate that although further economic troubles will affect the projected number of job opportunities, the major trends, including a shift to more skill-intensive jobs and more jobs in services, will continue.
Cedefop’s latest skill forecast shows that the European Union can expect a net increase in employment of 8 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020. Nearly ten times more job opportunities (around 75 million) will be generated to replace workers who leave the labour market. But skill mismatches and, in some sectors, skill shortages create risks for the EU labour market and the competitiveness of the European economy.
Cedefop is pleased to be involved in Thessaloniki's ambitious plan to improve lifelong learning and skills development in the municipality. At a press conference held on 26 March, Mayor Yannis Boutaris and Cedefop’s Acting Director Christian Lettmayr announced that the two bodies will be working together to improve links between vocational training and labour market needs.
A study on skill needs and training has wider lessons for successful transition to a green economy.
Find results of the skills forecast by occupation, qualification, age and gender: just click on the link or the skills forecast banner on the right. On each page you can also search for data by country.
Cedefop has announced the results of its latest forecast on the demand and supply for skills. The event took place on 22 March at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.