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Developing a detailed 8-country occupations database for comparative socio-economic research in the European Union.


EUROCCUPATIONS aims to build a publicly available database with the 1,500-2,000 most frequent occupations in the 8 largest EU countries to be used in multi-country data-collection, be it large-scale surveys or case-studies. The database can be used in self-administered questionnaires by means of search tools or for recoding text-based reporting of occupations by means of recoding programs. For all occupations the database includes ISCO- and NOC-occupation codes, occupational titles, education and stratification code, and for 150 benchmark occupations, it holds information about job content, required skill level, and competencies.

The information will be gathered via existing databases and via experts from interest organisations and social science researchers. Occupation is a key variable in social research, particularly the labour market, transitions from school to work, social stratification, gender wage gap, occupational structures or skill requirements. Classifications of industries and education are EU-harmonized, but occupational classifications are not. Most comparative, large-scale socio-economic datasets provide only highly aggregated, 1-digit information about occupations. In addition, tools are absent to collect comparable, disaggregated and reliable data on occupations across countries, be it large-scale surveys or case studies.

The EUROCCUPATIONS database will be tested for its usability and its search facilities for self-administered surveys, and for text-based reporting of occupations recoding programs will be tested. In addition, the database will be tested for possible gender and skill bias. Finally, algorithms will be developed to derive stratification variables from the occupations in the database. The database will be promoted among the European research community and institutions in the European labour market by means of a website, offline versions of the database, conferences, web-based discussion platforms, and email newsletters.

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