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Who Should We Ask? Employer and Employee Perceptions of Skill Gaps within Firms. ESRI WP482, May 2014

McGuinness, Seamus and Ortiz, Luis (2014) Who Should We Ask? Employer and Employee Perceptions of Skill Gaps within Firms. ESRI WP482, May 2014. [Working Paper]

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    Using the employer-employee matched National Employment Survey of Ireland carried out in 2006, this paper compares the skill gaps as perceived by managers and employees located within the same firm. The paper looks at the main drivers of agreement/disagreement on the perception of skill gaps and considers the extent to which the way of measuring these gaps helps to explain outcome variables such as labour costs and training expenditures. The research finds that both human resource management processes and collective bargaining arrangements are important factors in facilitating agreement of training needs. Skill gaps were found to increase average training costs and average labour costs. Finally, the evidence suggests that employee perceptions of skill gaps may be prone to higher levels of subjective bias.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Skill gaps, subjective bias, labour costs, training costs
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market
    Countries > Ireland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Working Papers
    Depositing User: Alyssa McDonald
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 14:48
    Number of Pages: 24
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 14:48

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