Wednesday, January 08, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Commission






This article provides information on human resources in science and technology (HRST) statistics which improve the understanding of the demand for and the supply of people with high qualifications in science and technology. They describe the current stock of HRST in the European Union (EU), the candidate countries and EFTA countries. They also give information on the current and future supply of highly skilled people from universities and other education institutions into the HRST stocks.


Investment in research, development, education and skills constitutes a key policy area for the EU as these are elements essential to economic growth and to the development of a knowledge-based economy, leading to an increasing interest in the role and measurement of skills. In this context, the need to measure and analyse the most highly skilled part of the labour force has increased, both within the EU and internationally.


The HRST statistics focus on two main aspects:

stocks, about the characteristics of the current labour force involved in science and technology;

flows showing the job-to-job mobility and the inflow from education to the science and technology labour force; particular attention is paid to scientists and engineers, who are often the innovators at the centre of technology-led development.




This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.



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