Why are workers mismatched in the first place? Many, if not most, students choose a field of study based on what they want to become and do to earn a living. Yet almost four in ten workers end up doing something unrelated. This is sometimes by choice but not always.
La croissance des CUM dans la zone OCDE reste stable à 0.1% au second trimestre de 2015
Apprenticeships provide opportunities to build up new skills and knowledge both on and off the job. When they are of high quality, apprenticeships promote a smoother transition from school to work for young people, giving them a good start to their working careers.
This blog post looks at the importance of assessing and anticipating skill needs as recent empirical literature warns about the negative impact that skills mismatch can have on individuals and economies as a whole.
En 2014, les États-Unis ont enregistré le plus grand nombre de création d’emplois annuelle depuis les années 1990 et ce mouvement, le plus long jamais observé, s’est prolongé en 2015. Depuis deux ans, les salaires réels augmentent de 1,4 % par an, plus de deux fois plus vite que lors de la dernière reprise.
The combination of work and study has been hailed as crucial to ensure that youth develop the skills required on the labour market so that transitions from school to work are shorter and smoother. As a result, many governments encourage learning on the job, particularly when it comes as part of certified programmes such as vocational education and training pathways (VET) or apprenticeships.
Il serait souhaitable que la Lettonie redouble d’efforts afin d’améliorer les possibilités d’emploi des jeunes, en poursuivant la réforme de son système d’enseignement professionnel et en respectant l’engagement, pris dans le cadre de la Garantie pour la jeunesse, de réduire encore le pourcentage de jeunes de moins de 30 ans qui ne sont ni scolarisés, ni actifs ni en formation.
Countries where skills are less equally distributed tend to have higher wage inequality. Putting skills to better use can help reduce wage inequality, by strengthening the links between workers’ skills, productivity and wages.
Human capital is key for economic growth. Not only is it linked to aggregate economic performance but also to each individual’s labour market outcomes. However, a skilled population is not enough to achieve high and inclusive growth, as skills need to be put into productive use at work.
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OECD countries are seeing a trend away from traditional employment towards part-time and temporary work and self-employment. However, there are concerns that part-time and temporary work are contributing to inequality and poverty. Policy needs to focus on ensuring that these "non-traditional" jobs are stepping stones to better jobs, not dead ends.