Skills Intelligence Publication

Reducing the digital labour market: The characteristics and implications for learning learning, opportunities and work are part of a series of working documents published by an international team of researchers from Digital Futures of Work.

Education and work studies tended to focus on the role of the certificate in shaping individual opportunities in a job contest. Despite its key role in understanding the link between education and work, how the labour market works in an increasingly digitalised context, research remains under-exploited.

This article explains why the digital labour market urgently needs to study, not only because of the decline in the perceived value of qualifications, but also because rapid digital innovation changes the structure of labour markets and shapes competition for jobs.

Digital tools provide jobseekers with new ways to describe themselves and employers other quantifiable data about jobseekers, in real time and at low cost. The authors identify three dimensions of digital labour markets, which distinguish them from the previous ‘analogue’ models called ICE:

  1. Information
  2. Control
  3. Involvement

The document then explains how changes in these dimensions contribute to the restructuring of the recruitment process and outlines some implications for the current accounts of education-work relations and social inequalities.

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