Skills mismatch

DEFINITION: Situation in the labour market where the level of skills of individuals does not match the level of skills required in the jobs […] Mismatches could be vertical (when the level of skills or education is more or less than the level of skills or education required to perform a job), horizontal (when the type of education or skills is not appropriate for the current job, but the level of education or skills matches the requirements of the job) or geographical (where the workers with types and levels of skills or education required are based in a country or region different from where such skills are needed).


SOURCE: Skills Panorama Glossary, Cedefop, European Union.



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