PES Skills Barometer
Launched in 2002.
Online information system for trends in qualifications.
Preparation of labour market related information to make it accessible and understandable for everyone. It helps all interested parties (PES employees, journalists, politicians, company representatives, persons who want to choose their career) to process information on the local, regional and national labour market.
It provides information to potentially skills mismatched people to help them to adapt to (local) labour market needs.
Aim of policy instrument
Service offered by the Austrian PES.
Main responsible body
PES Austria (AMS Österreich)
3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH (consulting company): technical implementation and content update.
ibw (Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft - research institute) content update.
According to the Austrian PES, average annual funding (including expenditures for further development of the instrument) amounts to around €160,000.
The general public.
Use of labour market intelligence
Frequency of updates
Most texts are updated every six months, the remaining ones are updated once a year.
The instrument was adapted to improve the user experience, e.g. by making it more accessible. For example, a user survey (to evaluate the usability of the website and to investigate user behaviour) was carried out that influenced the further development of the instrument. Regarding content, a segment on green jobs/green skills, as well as a section on gender-related aspects of the labour market has been added. Also, the revised occupational classification of the PES (AMS Berufstaxonomie) had to be implemented.
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. According to the Austrian PES, general success factors are the easy-to-understand graphical presentation, as well as the well-established, well-documented, and comprehensible approach/methodology of the instrument.
Progress could be measured by internet traffic/number of users. This is measured by using specially developed software (Avtas).
The information provided is a combination of qualitative and quantitative labour market information. The PES Skills Barometer also undertakes the attempt to pay more detailed attention to skills and competencies than usual in more traditional labour market information systems. It does not only inform about domain specific skills for every occupational field, but also about personal skills, the need for particular professional experiences, or additional skills in demand.
Evidence of effectiveness
According to a survey in 2010, users of the PES Skills Barometer are very satisfied with the information provided and the uses of the website. The website is used by people with both high and low skills. Therefore, it seems that the instrument is relevant not only for highly qualified users, but also for people with lower qualification levels. In other words, neither better qualified or lower qualified (potential) users were (unintentionally) excluded from the instrument, e.g. by providing information or services that are only relevant to a specific (e.g. high-skilled) user group.
Engagement of stakeholders
Continuous engagement of stakeholder is one requirement of the instrument, as it relies on interviews with labour market experts and company representatives.
It depends on data availability and willingness of experts to participate.
Most users visit the website to gather information on retraining possibilities and to find a job. Provided that the instrument continues to offer a good user experience in the future (e.g. by regularly updating information on occupations), and given that the internet will remain one of the most important channels to collect information or to find work, the instrument should continue over the next few years.