Occupations Observatory - Methodological Note

CEPS Special Report, No. 144

99 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2016

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Miroslav Beblavý

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Mehtap Akgüc

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); IZA

Brian Fabo

National Bank of Slovakia

Karolien Lenaerts


Date Written: August 19, 2016


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.

Keywords: labour market, new skills, Occupations Observatory

Suggested Citation

Beblavý, Miroslav and Akgüc, Mehtap and Fabo, Brian and Lenaerts, Karolien, Occupations Observatory - Methodological Note (August 19, 2016). CEPS Special Report, No. 144. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859420

Miroslav Beblavý (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Mehtap Akgüc

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )


IZA ( email )


Brian Fabo

National Bank of Slovakia ( email )

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813 25 Bratislava

Karolien Lenaerts

CEPS ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000

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