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On the 2010 horizon, employment and work will remain at the top of the policy agenda. But, instead of being JI1ainly focused on job creation and unemployment the central policy concerns are likely to shift towards employability, know-how and quality of work opportunities.

In this report we single out four key lines on which employment policy is likely to focus the coming years. First, an underlying driver follows from the demographic ageing of the European population, which will move the locus of employment policy away from unemployment measures towards concerns about employability and the management of the labour supply.

Second, skill mismatches will be an inherent issue for employment policy in the coming years. The key driver of this will be the continuing growth of the Information Society services, especially the emerging Internet-based economy.

Third, the demographic and social trends that are leading us towards the "Mosaic Society" will have a major impact on employment. People are living longer and in better health than ever, pushing the need for on-going medical, caring, and general support for their daily needs.

Fourth, a common feature of the labour market is that employers are trying to achieve a higher performance and more agile organization. But, some forms of flexibility (such as part-time and temporary contracts) are strongly associated with lower levels of investment in people. This raises the question about who will take responsibility for the accumulation and renewal of know-how in Europe's emerging "knowledge society".

Additional information

Authors: DUCATEL K, IPTS, Seville (ES);BURGELMAN J-C, IPTS, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19033 EN (1999), 65pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
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