As EU Member States struggle to revive their tourism sectors in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, skills are emerging as the deciding factor for successful economic recovery.
Cedefop predicts major changes in the composition of the workforce in the decade ahead as coronavirus affects retirement decisions. Europe’s ageing working population, resulting in declining future participation rates, is accompanied by the end of the working life of the so-called baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), which are all expected to have retired by 2030.
Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel and the Director of Eurostat’s unit B (Methodology, dissemination and cooperation in European statistical systems) Eduardo Barredo Capelot met remotely on 14 May to celebrate the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions.
Cedefop has just released its 2020 skills forecast, estimating the annual employment needs across sectors and occupations in the EU Members States (plus a few more countries) up to 2030.
According to Cedefop’s skills forecast, in the sectors with a medium-high and high impact of coronavirus on economic activity, around one-fifth to one-quarter of the new jobs expected to be created up to 2030 are at risk of automation. This amounts to around 1.4 million jobs at stake in the EU-27.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a new landscape for businesses and the economy, sparking a fresh wave of labour market research. Most of it, for example Cedefop’s Cov19R index, focuses on assessment of the potential risk of the pandemic for jobs and individuals. Cedefop has also explored what detailed skills information can tell us about risk or resilience of occupations to social distancing measures, as revealed by employers’ demands in online job advertisements.
New Cedefop analysis explores which EU Member States are likely to expect the highest risks in jobs related to the tourism industry.
Cedefop is designing the second wave of its European skills and jobs survey (ESJS) to include questions aimed at discovering whether the coronavirus effects on the EU labour market will be permanent.
A new Cedefop index – Cov19R – identifies workers with a higher risk of coronavirus exposure, who need greater social distancing, affecting their current and future job performance capacity.
With online working/teleworking on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic, companies are beginning to realise the potential of a digital labour force. Can we return to regular work patterns after the crisis or are we looking at a future as crowdworkers?