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The study attempts to see how far the Labour Force Survey, co-ordinated by EUROSTAT, can be used to study labour demand and supply in selected economic sectors. The chosen sectors correspond to OECD definitions. Pharmaceuticals, office machinery and computers, radio/TV/communication equipment and aircraft manufacture are included in the study. The inclusion of telecommunications, computer services and R&D services was an attempt to redress the bias towards manufacturing. In addition to analysing the LFS data the project partners carried out literature surveys, from which two striking points occur:

- There is a continuous disequilibrium between labour demand and supply.
- There is a certain (institutional) inertia in adapting to skill needs revealed in national economies.

The report was co-ordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES).

This report can be downloaded from the IPTS website at:

Additional information

Authors: EKELAND A, STEP Group, Oslo (NO);TOMLINSON M, CRIC, University of Manchester (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20122 EN (2001), pp.142. Euro: Free of charge
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