European Jobs Monitor

03 September 2018

The European Jobs Monitor (EJM) tracks structural change in European labour markets. It analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc. The EJM covers all 28 EU Member States and is based primarily on analysis of European Labour Force survey data.

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Methodology

The European Jobs Monitor methodology is adapted from the pioneering work of Joseph Stiglitz and Erik Olin Wright/Rachel Dwyer in the USA in the 1990s. We define a 'job' as a given occupation in a given sector, for example a sales assistant in the retail sector. There are over 2,000 different job combinations in the EU. These are ranked according to mean hourly wage (alternative ranking measures include mean educational level or mean score on a broad job quality indicator). Jobs are then assigned to five even quintiles of employment. The charts presented show the shifts in employment by quintile over the periods indicated. The method is used to chart the changes in the structure of employment in the different member states, as well as at aggregate EU level. The charts presented here are based on data-processing for the EJM annual report 2017.

Publication: Occupational change and wage inequality: European Jobs Monitor 2017

European Monitoring Centre on Change: European Jobs Monitor