The EU Skills Panorama

A. Vassilliou A. Vassilliou

The EU Skills Panorama


The Panorama is an online information tool presenting quantitative and qualitative information on short- and medium-term skills needs, and skills supply and skills mismatches. The Panorama includes the top growing occupations as well as the top bottleneck occupations at both EU level and in different Member States. It shows for instance that the most required occupations to be filled in the EU today are those of finance and sales professionals. Other shortages most frequently reported concern biologists, pharmacologists, medical doctors and related professionals, nurses, ICT computing professionals and engineering professionals. The website contains detailed information sector by sector, profession by profession and country by country; the Panorama is available online and is regularly updated with recent data.


The Panorama includes also:


  • · Analytical highlights focusing on occupational trends as well as on specific sectors or on transversal skills. They analyse trends in the top growth occupations in the EU, and on the top 'in demand' occupations. They also present foresight analysis at sector level and specific skill needs and mismatches.
  • · An inventory of existing information sources at national, European or international level. This allows users to have easy access to existing information previously dispersed. The complete picture available from this inventory is completed by a mapping of forthcoming data.


This first version of the Panorama is mainly intended for policy-makers, researchers, intermediary services and practitioners. It allows in-depth analysis and the development of evidence-based policy in the areas of training and education planning, as well as the development of targeted measures to tackle labour market mismatches.



The European Vacancy and Recruitment Report:


The European Vacancy and Recruitment Report is one of the main information sources of the EU Skills Panorama but includes far more than only information on skills requirements. This is the first of a set of biennial reports to be launched by the European Commission, focusing on labour demand and skills requirements, thus providing a better insight into the functioning of labour markets.


Some of the key findings in this edition:


· The number of vacancies in 15 EU countries fell slightly in the first quarter of 2011. But there were still 12 million job-finders in the third quarter of 2011.

· Private sector recruitment responded faster and stronger to the business cycle than the public sector, where austerity measures are growing.

· Growth in major occupational groups (2007-2010) was strongest for a number of high skilled occupations, such as business professionals, some teaching occupations, health professionals, but also personal care and related workers and for a small number of elementary occupations.

· Recent recruitment patterns reflect a trend of educational upgrading in general and rising skills requirements across all occupational groups.

· However most people found a job in low to intermediate skilled services, such as shop salespersons, waiters, personal care workers, etc. due to high labour turnover.

· Recruitment difficulties in certain areas exist in all countries independently of the labour market situation, including in Greece, Romania and Spain.

· Bottleneck occupations with talent shortages are concentrated in the health (e.g. nursing and midwifery associate professionals and medical doctors), ICT (e.g. computing professionals) engineering (e.g. physical and engineering science technicians), sales (e.g. sales representatives) and finance (e.g. accountants) sectors.


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