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Prof Alan Felstead Demonstrates the Usefulness of Labour Market Surveys to European Analysts

16 October 2012

Prof Alan Felstead Demonstrates the Usefulness of Labour Market Surveys to European Analysts

Professor Alan Felstead, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, gave a keynote address to the third conference of the European Network on Regional Labour Market Monitoring at Krakow University of Economics, Poland last week (11-12 October 2012).

The Network is a European-wide, non-profit organisation which aims to exchange, refine and develop concepts and instruments for labour market analysis.  The Network comprises over 800 organisations across Europe which meets annually to discuss how to make European-wide improvements to data collection and analysis.  Professor Felstead’s talk offered some reflections on how survey data in Britain has been used to measure workplace skills, training and the quality of work.  He also shared with delegates what can be done with the data collected.  The chair of the International Scientific Committee organising the Conference praised the talk as ‘a major high point of the conference’ which ‘received a lot of very favourable feedback’ in the post-Conference evaluation.  Based on this success, it is hoped that greater use will be made of the instruments and techniques pioneered by the Skills and Employment Survey – which Professor Felstead is currently leading – and the associated series of ESRC-supported surveys.  For more information on this programme of research please click here.