Clashing Institutional Interests in Skills Between Government and Industry: An Analysis of Demand for Technical and Soft Skills of Graduates in the UK

Cacciolatti, L., Lee Soo, H. and Mar Molinero, C. 2017. Clashing Institutional Interests in Skills Between Government and Industry: An Analysis of Demand for Technical and Soft Skills of Graduates in the UK. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 119, pp. 139-153. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2017.03.024

TitleClashing Institutional Interests in Skills Between Government and Industry: An Analysis of Demand for Technical and Soft Skills of Graduates in the UK
AuthorsCacciolatti, L., Lee Soo, H. and Mar Molinero, C.
Abstract

Technological knowledge and skills provide a basis for developing national competitiveness. However, there is an emerg- ing clash of interests in the UK labour market between employers and policy makers. The former requests highly skilled workers who often jealously train in house for their specific operations while the latter aims to reduce unemployment through the expansion of vocational training to lower skilled workers. Universities need to find their strategic position in the knowledge economy characterised by radical technological change and shifting occupational structure by meeting the future skills demand while balancing between the clashing institutional interests. This study analyses 510 job adver- tisements in the supply chain management area, using a combination of OMDS and HCA techniques. The advertisements are categorised by means of six dimensions according to the skills, duties and job type. This study analyses not only employers' needs in skill types according to job roles but also emerging institutional clashes in the job market and their implications for skills training policy and curriculum development.

KeywordsSkills demand, Technical skills, Soft skills, Education policy, Innovation policy, Technological knowledge, Multidimensional scaling
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Journal citation119, pp. 139-153
ISSN0040-1625
Year2017
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscriptmanuscript_for_repository.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2017.03.024
Publication dates
Published online27 Mar 2017
Published27 Mar 2017
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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