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Skills Demand and Utilisation: An International Review of Approaches to Measurement and Policy Development


  • John Buchanan

    (University of Sydney)

  • Linda Scott

    (University of Sydney)

  • Serena Yu

    (University of Sydney)

  • Hanna Schutz

    (University of Sydney)

  • Michelle Jakubauskas

    (University of Sydney)


In recent times the ambit of skills policy has broadened. The recent preoccupation with supply side issues (e.g. increasing the number of citizens with higher level qualifications), in particular, is being questioned. Demand side matters (e.g. how employers develop and use skills) are now increasingly recognised as being of equal significance. This paper addresses two questions: 1) How can skills demand and skills utilisation be best measured at the local level? 2) What efforts to improve skills utilisation at the local and regional level have been undertaken in OECD countries in recent times?

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  • John Buchanan & Linda Scott & Serena Yu & Hanna Schutz & Michelle Jakubauskas, 2010. "Skills Demand and Utilisation: An International Review of Approaches to Measurement and Policy Development," OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Papers 2010/4, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:cfeaaa:2010/4-en

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    1. Fujishiro, Kaori & Heaney, Catherine A., 2017. "“Doing what I do best”: The association between skill utilization and employee health with healthy behavior as a mediator," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 175(C), pages 235-243.

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