Bridging the Skills Gap

Date: 10 March 2015

In recent decades, European labour markets have witnessed substantial disruption as the workplace has been restructured to accommodate the arrival of digital technologies. Since the 1980s, these technologies have substituted for many routine jobs, particularly those involving rule-based activities, which can easily be speci ed in computer code. By contrast, newly created jobs have typically become more cognitive in nature, raising the demand for workers with problem-solving, creative and social skills. Looking forward, the digitisation of the economy will further alter the skills needed at work. A key challenge for governments around Europe is to help workers who are made redundant to transition into new types of jobs.

Carl Benedikt Frey Thor Berger

Employment, Equity and Growth

Bridging the Skills Gap

Type: paper

Berger, T. & Frey, C.B. (2015). ‘Bridging the Skills Gap’. In T. Dolphin (Ed.) "Technology, globalisation and the future of work in Europe: Essays on employment in a digitised economy". Institute for Public Policy Research/JP Morgan Chase. Retrieved from

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