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Workshop on

Trends and prospects of jobs and working conditions in transport

3 April 2014

Universitaire Stichting - Fondation Universitaire
Egmontstraat / Rue d'Egmont 11
1000 Brussels

In the framework of the initiatives foreseen in the Commission's 2011 Transport White Paper, DG Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission launched a study aimed at assessing the labour market situation in the transport sector at the light of the ageing of the working population. Part of this study is carried out by JRC, the other part by the research-based consultancy firm Panteia and the advisory firm PwC. This study, which is nearing completion, assesses the sufficiency of labour and skills supply in transport up to 2020. It evaluates in particular the risks of critical skill shortages and possible remedial action to avoid them. To do so it examines the influence of working conditions on labour and skills supply, as well as the availability of training facilities to meet these possible shortages.

This study will provide a very practical input to the strategic planning of transport firms and to the career decisions of current and future workers while offering updated information to their respective representatives at Member State and EU level. It will also provide elements of judgement for the Commission and Member State governments to consider whether any specific policy action is needed.

Preliminary results show (future) shortages in many professions. These seem to be caused by ageing, unattractive working conditions, insufficient training, changes to required competences, etc. The relatively unattractive working conditions are shown to be partly due to the characteristics of the sector, can to some extend be related to market opening processes and are perception rather than reality in some other cases.

Matching demand and supply for labour and skills at a fair level of job quality will not be an easy task. It is clear THE solution does not exist; multiple efforts by many jurisdictions and stakeholders are required!

The study so far entailed literature and data analysis, modelling, expert interviews, dedicated MS survey on training and a targeted stakeholder consultation. The study will finish with a workshop with experts from a wide range of stakeholders. The goal of the workshop is to present, discuss and validate the provisional results of the study and especially on possible solutions for the identified problems/risks. Via this e-mail we would invite you to join this workshop. A copy of the draft synthesis will be sent to those intending to participate in the workshop the 27th of March at the latest.

The workshop will take place on thursday the 3rd of April 2014. It will be held in English (no translations).

The workshop is aimed at the following types of organisations:

  • EU officials (JRC, DG MOVE, DG EMPL, Cedefop, OSHA)
  • EU Transport Agencies (ERA, EMSA, EASA)
  • Member State officials
  • Employer Organisations
  • Trade Unions
  • Relevant EU representative organisations employers/employees
  • Key companies in passenger and freight sectors
  • Scientists
  • Skills Councils

Representatives of organisations and firms or individual experts who wish to attend the workshop should inform Mr Paul Vroonhof, Team leader of the study on the trends and prospects of jobs and working conditions in transport, at the firm Panteia which is organising the event, by writing to the e-mail address: p.vroonhof@panteia.nl.