Online job vacancies (OJV) form an easily accessible source of data on skills demand by employers, thanks to advances in web crawling technologies, machine learning and big data techniques.
Stakeholders discussed at a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels (9 and 10 October) how the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO) can contribute to reducing labour market imbalances and increasing occupational and geographical mobility in the EU.
Prototype improvement, ideas for cooperation and suggestions for future actions were the main points of the European big data hackathon (#euBDhack) follow up, jointly organised by Cedefop and Eurostat, in Thessaloniki on 18 and 19 September.
Cedefop’s analysis of real-time labour market information was presented by expert Alena Zukersteinova at a conference on adapting to changing skill needs organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on 10 July.
Cedefop Director James Calleja had a brief meeting with the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen at the European Training Foundation (ETF) conference on 'changing skills for a changing world' on 8 June in Turin.
The pioneering research that Cedefop is undertaking to detect emerging skill needs in European labour markets and the policy implications of Cedefop’s European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey were showcased at two international events held in Washington on 2-5 November.