Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129435
Authors: 
McGuinness, Séamus
Ortiz, Luis
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
ESRI Working Paper 482
Abstract: 
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 gap s 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.
Subjects: 
skill gaps
subjective bias
labour costs
training costs
JEL: 
J20
J24
J50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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