19 Aug 2016

Occupations Observatory – Methodological Note

Miroslav Beblavy / Mehtap Akgüç / Brian Fabo / Karolien Lenaerts

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Authors: Miroslav Beblavý, Mehtap Akgüc, Brian Fabo and Karolien Lenaerts

Series: CEPS Special Report No. 144

As a result of technological progress and economic change, many new occupations have emerged in the labour market, while others have become redundant and disappeared. Along with these new and emerging occupations, new skills have been introduced that can be developed through formal education, on-the-job training or learning-by-doing (or in some other way). This paper presents the Occupations Observatory, which we have created with the aim of providing up-to-date information on these changes in the labour market – reflected in the rise of new occupations and their corresponding skill changes – to policy-makers, researchers, educational institutes, job seekers and many other stakeholders (and how occupational dynamics feed into the occupational classification schemes). We focus not only on new occupations that did not exist before but also on new occupations in terms of recognition, awareness and importance.

This paper was written within the framework of the InGRID project. Funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, the InGRID project (Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion) involves 17 European partners, including CEPS. It aims to integrate and innovate existing, but distributed European social sciences research infrastructures on ‘Poverty and Living Conditions’ and ‘Working Conditions and Vulnerability’ by providing transnational data access, organising mutual knowledge exchange activities and improving methods and tools for comparative research.

Miroslav Beblavý is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and Mehtap Akgüc, Brian Fabo and Karolien Lenaerts are Researchers at CEPS.