Labour Market and Skills

SMEs are of central importance for the labour market. They provide the majority of jobs in Austria and Europe. From the companies’ point of view, the employees are probably the most important factor for competitiveness. Internationalisation, technological (e.g. digitalisation) and demographic processes are changing both labour supply and demand. In this context, the Austrian Institute for SME Research investigates – at European, national and also regional level – for example the change in competence requirements, the participation of specific groups of people in the labour market (women, young people, the elderly, migrants, etc.), and the influence of different framework conditions and measures on the labour market.

Selected Projects

Regionales Fachkräfte-Screening Oberösterreich (Screening of regional skills demand and supply in Upper Austria)

This project analyses and assesses the labour market situation and development (labour demand and supply) at the level of occupations and qualifications in the regions of Upper Austria. This is done based on an in-depth analysis of regionalised labour market and educational data, and regional focus groups. The results serve as a basis for policies and initiatives to improve matching on regional labour markets.

On behalf of:

Business Upper Austria

Completed:

2017/01

Contact

Thomas Oberholzner

german publication

IKT-Kompetenz im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik (ICT-competences in the context of active labour market policy)

In this study PIAAC-data concerning ICT-competences are analysed. Research activities and labour market concepts in Austria and selected countries (Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden and UK) are described. Furthermore, international labour market programmes and initiatives (good practices) to ameliorate these competences in Germany and the Netherlands are identified.

On behalf of:

Public Employment Service Austria

Completed:

2016/03

Contact

Eva Heckl

German publication

Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz (Support Measures Against Youth Unemployment in Switzerland)

The objectives of this study were to analyse the employment situation of young people in Switzerland and the framework conditions in the labour market, the identification of good practices of support for young people in the labour market in Switzerland, and conclusions and lessons learned for designing support measures for young people in the Austrian labour market.

On behalf of:

Public Employment Service Austria

Completed:

2015/03

Contact

Eva Heckl

German publication

The use of validation by enterprises for human resource and career development purposes

The study investigates the use of competence measurement and assessment among European enterprises. The focus was on the purposes of skills assessment, the methods used and the quality of results obtained. In this respect, there were clear differences between company types and professional functions in companies. The research was primarily based on surveys and case studies in 10 European countries.

On behalf of:

CEDEFOP

Completed:

2014

Contact

Thomas Oberholzner

publication

your contacts

Christina Enichlmair

Senior Researcher
c.enichlmair@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-35

Eva Heckl

Senior Researcher
e.heckl@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-36

Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung auf die Ausbildungs- und Qualifizierungsangebote des AMS Niederösterreich (Impacts of digitalisation on the training and qualification opportunities of the Public Employment Service in Lower Austria)

Analysis of the effects of digitalisation and industry 4.0 on the economy of Lower Austria.

Expected Completion
2018

Wettbewerbsfähigkeit österreichischer Unternehmen, insbesondere KMU (Competitiveness of Austrian Enterprises)

The study analyses, if the current framework conditions in Austria promote or hinder competitiveness of Austrian enterprises - especially SMEs.

Completed
2018/12

Early-Intervention-Strategien und Ansätze in Deutschland (Early Intervention Strategies and Measures in Germany)

The situation at the labour market for specific Groups becomes more problematic. One of the political solutions is early intervention.

Completed
2017/11

Regionales Fachkräfte-Screening Oberösterreich (Screening of regional skills demand and supply in Upper Austria)

This project analyses and assesses the labour market situation and development (labour demand and supply) at the level of occupations and qualifications in the regions of Upper Austria.

Completed
2017/01

IKT-Kompetenz im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik (ICT-competences in the context of active labour market policy)

In this study PIAAC-data concerning ICT-competences are analysed.

Completed
2016/03

Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz (Support Measures Against Youth Unemployment in Switzerland)

The objectives of this study were to analyse the employment situation of young people in Switzerland and the framework conditions in the labour market.

Completed
2015/03

The use of validation by enterprises for human resource and career development purposes

The study investigates the use of competence measurement and assessment among European enterprises.

Completed
2014
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