Skills for the Digital Transition

Assessing Recent Trends Using Big Data

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This report presents the most recent trends in the labour market demand for digital professionals and skills, highlighting where bottlenecks are emerging and policy action is – and will be – needed to support individuals who aim to thrive in the digital transition. The report analyses a wide range of digital occupations and the associated skill and technology demands using a unique set of data collected from millions of job postings published online in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore and Spain. The evidence contained in this report is key for governments to design targeted retraining and upskilling policies, and for workers to fully benefit from the digital transition.


Online job postings as a data source to analyse the impact of digitalisation on labour markets

This chapter discusses how big data and the information contained in millions of job postings collected from the internet can be used to track the evolution of labour markets and skill demands. The chapter discusses the advantages and the disadvantages of using big data for labour market intelligence over traditional statistics. The chapter also provide a description of the natural language processing approach used to analyse the information contained in online job postings and the metrics that are produced and presented throughout the report.


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