Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Local Employment and Skills


A skilled workforce represents a key marketing chip for local economies to attract investment. Local policies are essential to better connect people to high quality jobs, while also preparing existing workers for changes in the future of work. 

  • What's the issue?

Automation and the increasing proportion of non-standard forms of employment create new challenges for local employment. Across the OECD, there is increasing labour market polarisation with a decline in the demand for middle-skilled workers and an increase in the demand for high- and low-skilled workers. At the local level, these trends have an uneven impact across regions.

Some regions will be in a position to take advantage of greater integration into global labour markets and to transition to digital production, thereby attracting firms and workers, while other regions will lag behind and struggle to create quality jobs.

  • What can the OECD offer?

We examine the role of megatrends, such as digitalisation, globalisation, and demographic change on local labour market, in order to support the definition of policies and skills strategies that can foster economic development and quality job creation.


LESI Skills Week 300

OECD Local Skills Week (15-17 February 2022) explored how local communities can overcome local skills gaps and mismatches by helping people reskill and upskill throughout their working lives.


Local Job Creation

This book series examines the contribution of local labour market policy and can be scoped to look at migrants, youth, or indigenous people.

Employers and Skills Development

This OECD-ILO project provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster employers engagement in skills.

Jobs and Skills in Southeast Asia

The aim of the OECD’s Southeast Asia Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills is to support growth and regional integration.

Adult Skills Systems in Cities

The  OECD, in collaborationwith the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Eurocities, is helping cities design, manage and implement adult learning programmes.




For further information, please contact Kristine Langenbucher