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We are looking for a highly motivated person with experience in carrying out empirical research and analysis on skills and labour market issues and trends to join Cedefop’s Department for Skills and Labour Market.


As expert in labour market and skills research, you will work in the Department for Skills and Labour Market (DSL). The Department identifies current and future job needs and the skills they require. It supports the design of well-informed education and employment policies and helps career guidance services to advise to make better education and career choices.

The Department takes an interdisciplinary perspective to researching skills and labour market issues, provides policy advice and builds capacity in Member States to anticipate and match skill. The Department develops its own data collections (such as the European Skills and Jobs survey, the European Company Survey), uses online job vacancies to analyse skills demand and forecasts employment needs.

The Department’s staff (16) is composed of a Head of Department, 10 experts and 5 assistants. You will report to the Head of Department.

As expert in labour market and skills research you will have the opportunity to:

  • develop new and policy relevant insights on work and skills;
  • combine economic and labour market theory with insights from other fields;
  • use Cedefop’s own surveys and other data sources to conduct empirical research on skills needs, utilisation and mismatch;
  • contribute to developing survey concepts, instruments and questionnaires and to support and monitor survey implementation and fieldwork;
  • depending on your profile and areas of interest, you may also contribute to sectoral research work.

The work in the department is project- and team-based. You will be expected to contribute to project development and planning and you will work as part of one or more teams. The job involves drafting research reports and other Cedefop publications in print and on-line. Administrative tasks in the job mostly relate to public procurement procedures for outsourcing research and analysis tasks (e.g. a research report or a survey), follow-up of external contractors and monitoring the quality of their work.

To meet the needs of stakeholders – mostly policy makers and European social partners – you will contribute to developing suitable communication means to convey complex messages in a simple manner.

You will shape and participate to Cedefop events (conferences, workshops or policy learning fora) and travel across the EU to present Cedefop work to a variety of stakeholders.

To be successful in this position you will have to be open to acquiring additional knowledge and expertise to further develop and grow as a professional.


Eligibility criteria

For your application to be considered eligible, you must fulfil all the following requirements on the closing date for submission of applications:

General conditions:

  • be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union;
  • enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws on military service;
  • be physically fit to perform the duties relating to the post.


  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma.

Language skills:

  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union.

Non-compliance with any of these eligibility criteria will result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process and the application will not be further evaluated.

Selection phase

Essential preselection criteria:

  • degree in social sciences;
  • at least 3 years' experience in conducting research on skills or labour market issues after having obtained the university degree;
  • at least 1 authored publication presenting own research using large datasets and demonstrating experience with using statistical/econometric software for advanced quantitative analysis;
  • excellent command (C1 level) of both written and spoken English.

Other preselection criteria:

If your application meets all the above essential preselection criteria it will be scored against the following other preselection criteria. The non-fulfilment of one or more of these other preselection criteria will not result in your exclusion from the preselection process but may affect your score and thus your chances of being invited for test and interview.

The criteria below are presented in order of priority:

  • degree in labour economics, industrial and organizational psychology, sociology of labour or industrial relations;
  • experience in developing surveys and questionnaires and their implementation;
  • experience in analysing data using statistical software used at Cedefop: SPSS or Stata or R or Mplus;
  • experience in using qualitative or mixed methods for skills and labour market analysis;
  • advanced university degree (EQF Level 8);
  • experience working in an EU Institution, Agency or other international organisation.

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The Company

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

About The Job

Thessaloniki , Greece
2-5 Years

this job offer is not open for applications