Covid in Europe – It challenges skills intelligence

Pandemic-induced social distancing measures and large-scale lockdowns have caused an econom- ic downturn that is more severe than the recession following the 2008 global financial crisis. In a little more than a year, the ubiquitous health threat has unsettled almost all areas of society and economy, learning and working being no exception.

In the previous crisis, many governments reacted by imposing severe austerity measures; policy responses to the current health crisis have been more accommodating and, in many respects, bolder. Law- makers in most EU Member States have taken action to alleviate its immediate effects and protect jobs, businesses, and livelihoods.

Covid-19 challenges skills intelligence

In 2020, labour market research into the impact of the pandemic focused on the vulnerability of jobs and limitations imposed by social distancing (3). Such analyses have been using available surveys and oc- cupational classification frameworks to map occupa- tions or sectors in terms of their resilience in the wake of the pandemic and to shed light on groups of work- ers most affected by it. However, this approach does not reveal how the pandemic has been reshaping skill needs. Other conventional skills anticipation methods (see Table 1) do not offer near-term solutions for cap- turing major labour market changes as they happen. To provide insight into when and how far the pan- demic affected hiring practices, Cedefop turned to its Skills online vacancy analysis tool for Europe to track 2020 labour market developments.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Trends, transitions and transformation: the COVID-19 pandemic is changing skill needs and reshaping jobs, while challenging our understanding and analysis of them


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