Guillermo Montt in his blog article on OECD's Skills and Work blog argues that skills demanded at work can be grouped in four broad categories:
- basic information-processing skills,
- advanced cognitive skills,
- technical job-specific skills and
- socio-emotional skills.
Of these four broad categories, what are the most relevant for work? Popular claims (see figure below) and a review of employer-based surveys suggest that employers pay special attention at soft skills when hiring. Surveys of job advertisements, on the other hand, argue for the importance of technical job-specific skills.