Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section contains the questions most commonly asked in relation to skills in Europe, together with the answers provided by our experts.

  • What is Skills Panorama?

    Skills Panorama is a website which aims to improve Europe’s capacity to assess and anticipate skill needs to help make education and training systems more responsive to labour market needs and to match better skill supply and demand across Europe.

    Offering quality evidence for decision-making is the overarching objective of the Skills Panorama. Thus, our principles are the core of the Panorama to ensure that data and information are:

    • clear
    • reliable
    • open
    • relevant

    Our ultimate goal is to create a lively, interesting platform with features and functions for different types of users from policy-makers and experts to employment agencies, career guidance practitioners and the public at large.

    So, if you are involved in the skills analysis as a policy-maker or expert, then the current Skills Panorama is being built for you!

  • How is the Skills Panorama different from other skills information sites?

    Skills Panorama is a unique source of information for skills in Europe as it covers all Member States, sectors and occupations. It aims to reach the demanding audience of policy makers at the European, national, sectonal and regional level. It also provides valuable information to career guidance practitioners.

    The site has a number of specific features:

    • Open membership
    • A comprehensive user-experience
    • A large number of quantitative indicators and other qualitative content per country, sector,the main occupational categories and several thematic areas (people and skills, future jobs, labour market context, skills matching)
    • A variety of sources
    • Analytical highlights especially designed for policy makers where in few pages a comprehensive outlook on skill related issues for countries, sectors and occupations is provided
    • A searchable pan-European calendar of news and events of interest to skills analysis and anticipation
    • User-led content development, whereby users identify, rate and share materials, tools and resources
    • Pan-European directory of LMI institutions to make links and identify key stakeholders and community members, counterparts in other countries, etc.
    • Multilingual content of qualitative resources, abstracts and resources
  • What is the Skills Panorama definition of skills?

    The term “skills” refers to the ability to apply knowledge and use know-how needed to carry out the tasks that comprise a particular job. In practice, it proves difficult to define an objective measure of skill.

    In the Skills Panorama, we describe ‘skill’ using a range of proxy measures such as occupation, qualification, and educational attainment. Whenever possible, these measures are used in conjunction or replaced by data on the competences people have or the ones they use in undertaking their job.

  • How can I get involved with the Skills Panorama?

    As the site develops, there will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved. Skills Panorama members will be invited to exchange news, views, ideas and resources (including policy documents and relevant materials produced by projects) with others throughout Europe.

    In order to stay informed about the developments make sure that you subscribe for the newsletter. For further information on how to register please see:

    How to register

    You can register by completing the registration form available at the bottom of every page.

    Or send us an email at skills-panorama@cedefop.europa.eu with any queries.

  • Can I promote Skills Panorama to my colleagues/other stakeholders?

    Yes, Skills Panorama is an open platform.

    Our aim is to build an online community around skills analysis and anticipation by providing a wide range of useful data, resources, news, events and networking tools, with high-quality content identified by experts in the field of skills and labour market.

  • What if the information I am looking for isn’t on the Skills Panorama website?

    We are doing our best to include the most recent and reliable information about skills and labour markets for all 28 EU countries.

    If the information you are looking for is related to skills analysis and anticipation, but is not on the Skills Panorama website, then please contact us at our email at skills-panorama@cedefop.europa.eu.

  • How can I keep up to date?

    The Skills Panorama site is continuously being develop to provide new content. In order to keep up-to-date with any developments, please subscribe to our newsletter so that you receive an email with all recent news, resources, etc. You will find the invitation to subscribe at each page.

    You can also find Skills Panorama on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkillsPanorama 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkillsPanorama/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLPAjEKYD5A9QLev-GTV5Gg


  • Who is behind the Skills Panorama?

    Skills Panorama is an initiative of the European Commission, Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion and is powered by Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. The European Commission ensures the strategic steering to the Skills Panorama, in line with EU policy objectives while Cedefop is responsible for the technical development of the site and the provision of data and information.

    Skills Panorama is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Skills Panorama team, a group of experts from the Department for Skills and Labour Market at Cedefop, located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The team can be contacted via email at skills-panorama@cedefop.europa.eu or call the Skills Panorama helpdesk on +30 2310 490079.

    You can find out more information on Cedefop by following the links below:

    Cedefop: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu

    Skills Analysis Team: http://skillspanorama.cedefop.europa.eu/en/expert/skills-panorama-team

  • In what languages is Skills Panorama being offered?

    Skills Panorama is currently offered only in English. In the future a multilingual version of the webpage might be provided, with some key content provided in 24 languages. 

    Currently, many useful resources are available in the original language.