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[IWS] EC: EMPLOYMENT GUIDELINES 2009: Indicators for monitoring and analysis in the (National Reform Programmes) NRPs 2009 [11 September 2009]

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---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
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European Commission
Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

Employment Guidelines 2009: Indicators for monitoring and analysis in the (National Reform Programmes) NRPs 2009
[full-text, 17 pages]

The Employment Guidelines for 2009 are the same as for 2008. Therefore it is wise to keep the list of
indicators for 2009 unchanged. There are a few modifications to the list and there has been some
improvement of indicators and data sources since June 2008 that are mentioned below.

In 2006 - 2007, the EMCO Indicators Group identified the indicators which are the most relevant to monitor
the revised Lisbon Strategy and the Employment Guidelines. It also assessed the effectiveness of the set of
indicators and identified other indicators that should be kept for analytical purposes. The assessment
resulted in two lists of indicators (for monitoring; for analysis) and areas for further work. Since the
autumn 2007, the focus has been to try to develop flexicurity indicators for those components and aspects
where the monitoring was not sufficient. A subdivision of certain indicators by type of contract for
employees (fixed-term and open-ended) has been implemented in order to improve the possibility to
analyse segmentation of the labour market. The Group has also identified two analytical indicators to
improve the analysis of skills and skills need. After several years, data for labour market transition
indicators have now become available from the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and these
data are aggregated to monitor and analyse flexicurity policies.

Some of the indicators for monitoring of activation still rely on national, not harmonised, data (given the
lack of European data sources). It is clear that such indicators are not comparable across countries and
monitoring should focus on trends.

Press Release
The Employment Committee publishes the Report of the Indicators Group regarding the Employment Guidelines 2009

On 24 June 2009, the Employment Committee (EMCO) has endorsed and finalised the work undertaken by the EMCO Indicators Group on how to monitor the Employment Guidelines in 2009.

Although the Guidelines for 2009 are the same as for 2008 and so the list of indicators remains stable, two new analytical indicators to improve the analysis of skills and skills need have been adopted by EMCO, namely 'Future skills needs (expansion, replacement and total demand)' and 'E-skills of adults'

EMCO encourages the Member States to use these indicators in connection with their own reports on the implementation of the National Reform Programmes (NRP) for 2009 and to provide national data where necessary

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