This indicator shows the percentage of adult employees who believe it is likely, or very likely, that several of their skills will become outdated in the next five years. Following this measure, almost one out of two (46%) EU workers feel their skills will become outdated. However, this would drop to one in five (21%) when only those feeling this is very likely to happen are considered.

Skills obsolescence is a consequence of industrial restructuring or of changing skill needs in technologically intensive sectors and occupations (e.g. ICT, finance, professional and scientific activities), which may render worker’s skills outdated over time. It can also arise as the physical and cognitive skills and abilities of adults deteriorate with age due to atrophy or wear and tear. To prevent skills obsolescence, commitment by individuals and employers to continuous adult learning is required.

The graphs on the right show the percentage of skills obsolescence across various groups of workers (e.g. by sectors, occupations, age-groups etc.). All possible breakdowns are presented in these graphs. No further filtering of the data is allowed due to the small number of the survey sample.