Launch of the « Education at a Glance 2012 » – OECD Indicators

On the 11th of September the new report « Education at Glance 2012 » (EaG 2012) was launched by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The report presents a thorough analysis on the structures of the finances and the performances of educational systems in the 34 OECD member countries and key partner countries. The main focus of this year’s publication is: 
  • the effect of the economic crisis on education;
  • how education affect the economy and employment rates and
  • what are the incentives both for the society and individuals to invest in education.

More information about the « Education at Glance 2012 ».

OECD’s report: ICT specialist Skills and Employment

The OECD’s Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) is undertaking extensive analysis of the structure, distribution and development of ICT skills and employment. This work particularly focuses on ICT specialist skills and ICT users across the whole economy.
« ICTs and gender » is the title of a report that provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICT and ICT-related employment in OECD countries, and compares these to the gender distribution of total employment. Participation in ICT related education and training, and differences in ICT access and use by gender are also shown. 

Green ICT in Germany : 300.000 direct jobs per year

The building renovation programme for energy efficiency in Germany has already mobilised €100 billion in investments, reducing energy bills, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions and creating around 300,000 direct jobs per year, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The drive for revamping Europe’s building stock has already had a profound impact on employment even if much remains to be done to fulfil the promise of green jobs, experts warn.
Speaking at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Leterme said the shift to green jobs will not happen without a related effort to adapt workers’ skills and training.
« Green skills appear to be hugely needed, » he said. « But there is no need to reinvent the wheel, » Leterme added. « Most of the green skills that new market entrants will require can be met through incremental enrichment of educational and training programmes. » Experts in the property management sector confirmed that the jobs market for green skills was still largely underdeveloped. “There is a lack of professionalism in Europe,” said Laura Lindberg, Public Relations Manager for global property professional body RICS. “It is extremely important…to take into consideration what we have – a lack of skills and professional training which needs to be better understood,” Lindberg added.
“There is interest out there, but I don’t think people are rushing for it, they are being cautious at this time. There is a trust issue,” said Martin Russel of RICS London.
He added, however, that on balance, the market in Europe for energy efficiency accreditation has been picking up and as long as there is enough demand there will also be an economic rationale for professionals to regain their appetite.

Number of people unemployed for over a year continues to rise

According to the OECD’s latest Employment Outlook the proportion of jobseekers who have been out of work for over a year increased from 24.2% to 32.4% between 2009 and 2010.
In Europe, Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom are among the worst hit, with the proportion of long-term unemployed rising between 2009 and 2010 from 30.2 to 45.1% in Spain, 29 to 49% in Ireland and 24.5% to 32.6% in the United Kingdom. In the major OECD economies, long-term unemployment has fallen only in Germany.

The document also points out that helping young people must be a priority. In the first quarter of 2011, the unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 was 17.4 per cent in the OECD area, compared with 7 per cent for adults aged 25 and over. Targeting youth will reduce the risk of young people falling into long-term unemployment and losing touch with the job market.

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OECD IT report 2008: e-Content as important economic driver

The most recent IT report 2008 of OECD underlines the importance of the e-content sector for Europe’s economy and labour market. « ICT skills are an important contribution to growth […] Over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations, over 20% in intensive ICT-using occupations.[…] Digital content is a key factor behind the rapid growth of OECD broadband subscribers: from 68 Mio in 2003 to 251 Mio in 2008.And the growing number has spurred the creation of new content… »
Thus, it is important to put efforts into clear definitions of e-content professions and the training and educational environment to allow mobility of workers at equal conditions in Europe. EQF Code will be a small stone in the e-content mosaic, for the benefit of all stakeholders.
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