Short report expert workshop 'Indicators for job quality, industrial relations, occupations, and new skills and tasks'
The aim of improving the quality of jobs was introduced into the European Employment Strategy at the Lisbon summit in 2000, summarised in the widely cited objectives of ‘more and better jobs’. In the Europe 2020 agenda these objectives are still prominent. In response to these policy objectives, developing joint indicators serving the monitoring of progress of the ‘better’ jobs objective has been actively promoted. InGRID’s working conditions and vulnerability pillar therefore aims at integrating, analysing, archiving, and supplementing the existing working conditions and occupational health and safety surveys and inventories. The last InGRID expert workshop was held on 7-8 November 2016 in Amsterdam. The aim of this expert workshop was to explore the state of affairs in knowledge on job quality indicators, industrial relations indicators, occupational measurements, and new skills and tasks measurements. It also aimed at expanding an agenda for future research in these fields. The workshop included presentations of the findings of the research and technology activities undertaken as part of the InGRID’s working conditions and vulnerability pillar.
The morning of the first day, 7 November, was dedicated to new skills new jobs: measuring occupations and tasks. Three papers were presented and discussed. Kea Tijdens, coordinator of Work Package 21 in InGRID, presented ‘Self-identification of occupation in web-surveys: databases and experiences’. Malte Schierholz (IAB and MZES, Germany) presented his research ‘Occupation Coding During the Interview’. Stefano Visintin and Stephanie Steinmetz presented ‘Measuring tasks in occupations’.
The afternoon of the first day, 7 November, was dedicated to the topic of new skills new jobs. The first papers focussed on methodological issues. Karolien Lenaerts (CEPS) presented ‘Prospects for utilisation of non-vacancy web data in labour market analysis’. Miroslav Beblavy / Karolien Lenaerts (CEPS) presented ‘Using meta-data to identify new occupations and skills’ and Antonio Lima (NESTA) presented ‘A skill-based occupational classifier for web-based job ads’. Followed by a discussion. After the break the papers focussed on taxonomy issues. Miroslav Beblavy / Brian Fabo (CEPS) presented ‘The demand for general and IT skills in non-IT jobs in the US’. Brian Fabo (CEPS) presented ‘The demand for language skills in the Visegrad Four’ Annemieke Biesma (Technopolis) presented ‘The impact of game-changing technologies in the manufacturing sector’, followed by a discussion.
The second day focused on the job quality indicators, and was chaired by Sylvie Hamon-Cholet (CEE). The first presentation concerned ‘The Laeken indicators of QoW: lessons to learn’ by Greet Vermeylen (EuroFound), and ‘It takes more than one measure: Capturing the multi-dimensionality of job quality with job types and multiple job quality outcomes’ by Guy Van Gyes, Anina Vercruyssen, and Lise Szeker (all HIVA).
Presentation Measuring vulnerability to adverse working conditions: evidence from European countries Nathalie Greenan and Majda Seghir (both CEE), and a presentation Job Quality and Firm Size in Two Different National Institutional Regime by Zinaida Salibekyan (CEE). After the coffee break, a round table about job quality indicators was organised, chaired by Guy van Gyes (HIVA). A discussion followed with contributions from Francis Green (University College London), Sonja Drobnic (University of Bremen), and Greet Vermeylen (EuroFound).
After the lunch the topic changed to conceptualisation social dialogue/industrial relations: the indicators challenge, and was chaired by Guy van Gyes (HIVA). Two presentation were given: Key dimensions of industrial relations: a new conceptual framework (Christian Welz, Eurofound), and Dimensions of industrial relations and efficacy of social dialogue (Bernd Brandl, Durham University). The last part of the second day addressed the issue of measuring social dialogue/industrial relations: the indicators challenge, and was chaired by Maarten Keune (AIAS). Two presentations were given: ‘Potentials of the ICTWSS database and the global WageIndicator Labour Law Database’ (Kea Tijdens AIAS) and ‘Potentials of the European Company Survey’ (Guy Van Gyes HIVA).
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