The European skills and jobs survey (ESJS) is a major survey of adult employees carried out by Cedefop in all EU Member States. It constitutes Cedefop’s first large-scale EU-wide survey, carried out in 2014 to investigate the determinants of skills development and mismatch in EU countries.
The information collected in the first ESJS wave provided valuable information to EU policymakers on the prevalence of digital and other skill gaps among EU workers, skill needs in jobs, determinants of non-formal and informal learning, factors conducive to high overeducation in labour markets and transitions to better matched jobs. The data also enabled the calculation of the risk of automation in EU labour markets and the labour market outcomes of skills obsolescence among EU employees due to changing workplace technologies (see Cedefop, 2018; Polachek et al., 2017).
Given the significant added value of the first wave, Cedefop launched in 2018 the process of carrying out the 2nd European skills and jobs survey, with fieldwork scheduled for 2020-21. The aim of the 2nd wave will be to collect comparative EU-wide information enabling investigation of the impact of technological change and digitalisation on workers’ job tasks and skill mismatch/obsolescence and their readiness to adapt to changing skill needs via (new) learning practices.
To facilitate the development of the survey instrument, Cedefop has put together an expert working group of leading experts on skills, skill mismatch and the impact of digitalisation on labour markets. The aim of this first meeting of the ESJS expert working group was to engage, together with the group members, in a first discussion about the requirements and challenges of meeting the renewed aim of the survey, deeper understanding of policymaking needs and potential barriers and biases to survey implementation.