Understanding the dynamics of skill mismatch is a crucial component of Cedefop’s work on skills in the European labour market.

While most research to date has focused on the individual perspective, this report is a first attempt to explore the role of enterprises in mitigating skill mismatch.

The report pays special attention to the potential role of human resource practices (e.g. recruitment, training, performance appraisal and pay-setting, job design, employee empowerment). It also examines how high-performing workplaces ensure that the knowledge and skills of their staff members are used to best effect.

The report allows for a closer look into what the role of the firm in anticipating and matching skill needs, an issue which had until now remained largely unexplored.

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