Definition: Skill level

General concept

Skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. Skill level is measured operationally by considering one or more of:

- The nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties defined for each ISCO-08 skill level;

- The level of formal education defined in terms of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-97) required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved; and

- The amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Source:
International Labour Organization, Meeting of Experts on Labour Statistics, Report, "Updating the International Standard Classification of Occupations ISCO)", Geneva, 2007
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