Dr Marina Tkalec, Dr Iva Tomić and Dr Ivan Žilić from the Institute of Economics, Zagreb are authors of a policy brief entitled „Demand for high-skilled labour: Lessons from the Online Vacancy Index“.
Key messages of the policy brief are:
- Interest in smart skills essentially reflects recent changes in the structure of employment and creation of entirely new occupations, brought on by technological change, globalisation, and higher mobility of labour
- The researchers at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb developed a “smart” index that ensures “smart” labour market diagnostics on the needs for “smart” skills
- After 2012, demand for high-skilled labour in Croatia started to increase considerably, as did the demand for unskilled and skilled work, indicating significant and rising polarisation
- Economic recovery did bring increasing demand for labour but it changed the structure of offered contracts from full time contracts to temporary and training without commencing employment
- More than 10 percent of total demand reflects the demand for information technologies experts, especially programmers for which there is a steady increase in the number of jobs offered as of late 2014.
To find out more about demand for high-skilled labour and Online Vacancy Index go to the full report.