BERUFENET - since November 1994 (electronically). Preceeding project before November 1994 - GabI (in printed form).
BERUFENET is an online career advice portal that contains information on future trends in several individual occupations.
Informing people in the labour market on career choice opportunities. It helps all interested parties (PES employees, journalists, politicians, company representatives, people who want to choose their career) to process information on the local, regional, and national labour market.
The portal does not exclusively focus on skills mismatch, but career choices of individuals directly affect the extent of skills mismatch. With information provided on the portal, skills mismatch might become visible for participants in the labour market.
Aim of policy instrument
Instrument of the Federal Employment Agency (German PES).
Main responsible body
Federal Employment Agency
The Federal Employment Agency funds and operates BERUFENET.
BERUFENET is funded by the German PES. No information on the amount of funding is publicly available.
According to the Federal Employment Agency, the tool is intended to be used by a wide audience, e.g. by youths, adults, people who want to make career choices, apprentices, people in tertiary education, people interested in participating in tertiary education, employees, unemployed, institutions, employees of the Federal Employment Agency, etc.
Use of labour market intelligence
Different LMSI from different sources (research institutes, federal offices and ministries, guild and chambers, associations) are used.
Frequency of updates
The website is updated regularly (some areas daily, some monthly, some annually, and some due to certain events).
In December 2015, the interface of the website was updated to improve user-friendliness.
Internet access is required to access information on the website.
In general, increasing availability and use of the internet should have broaden the user base of the instrument.
Progress could be measured by internet traffic/number of users. However, no information is publicly available if this is actually available.
Combination and preparation of qualitative and quantitative labour market information.
Evidence of effectiveness
No information is publicly available.
Engagement of stakeholders
BERUFENET is a service of the German PES for its customers and therefore does not rely strongly on input from external stakeholders.
Technically, it should be easily transferrable. However, success is dependent on data availability and user-friendliness.
There is no indication that the Federal Employment Agency will discontinue this instrument, and the internet will remain important in the future, as a channel for gathering information on skills.