What General Competencies Are Required from the Czech Labour Force?

Prague Economic Papers, Vol. 2014, Issue 2, pp. 250-265, 2014

16 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2014 Last revised: 26 Oct 2016

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Jiří Balcar

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

Lenka Janickova

Independent

Lenka Filipova

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: July 1, 2014

Abstract

Knowledge of employers' requirements on competencies of job applicants is highly important in the process of human capital accumulation. This paper focuses on the general competencies since they can be applied in a wide range of jobs or tasks and increase an individual's employability. First, employers' requirements on general competencies are identified and described on the basis of 3,822 job advertisements published online. Second, the econometric analysis is used in order to test hypothesis whether examined demand for general competencies is really general or if it differs significantly with respect to required education and firm characteristics. The results of our probit regressions proved that the requirements on examined general skills significantly differ according to the education required and some categories of NACE and ownership of the firms.

Keywords: General competencies, soft competencies, job advertisements, probit model

JEL Classification: J23, J24

Suggested Citation

Balcar, Jiří and Janickova, Lenka and Filipova, Lenka, What General Competencies Are Required from the Czech Labour Force? (July 1, 2014). Prague Economic Papers, Vol. 2014, Issue 2, pp. 250-265, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2488735

Jiří Balcar (Contact Author)

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava ( email )

Sokolská třída 33
Ostrava, 701 21
Czech Republic

Lenka Janickova

Independent ( email )

Lenka Filipova

VSB - Technical University of Ostrava - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Sokolska 33
Ostrava 1, 701 21
Czech Republic

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