Tasks and skills at the workplace

Tasks and skills at the workplace

Research leader:

Fouarge, D

Research team: Peter van Eldert (ROA), Bas ter Weel (SEO), Emina van den Berg (SEO)

Funded by: Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science  

Duration: November 2017 – September 2018

About the project

In a production process, the execution of tasks leads to output in the form of products or services. Some tasks are performed by people, while other tasks are performed by machines. Human tasks, which are bundled in occupations, and machine tasks can be complementary to each other, but can also be substitutable. Workers can use their knowledge and skills to carry out tasks and differ in the extent to which they are able to perform tasks effectively and efficiently. In other words, skills do not directly ensure the production of output, but only if these skills are linked to the effective and efficient performance of certain tasks. This project aim at better understanding workers’ job tasks and the skills requirements in jobs. However, because of technical change, organisational change and internationalisation, the match between human and machine tasks is not static. This prihect therefore also studies changes in worker’s tasks and skills over time.



This project follows on an earlier research project initiated by CPB.
In total, two waves of datagathering were organised as part of LISS.



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