Skill reusability level

The skills reusability level in ESCO indicates, how widely a knowledge, skill or competence concept can be applied. ESCO distinguishes four levels of skill reusability:

Transversal

Transversal knowledge, skills and competences are relevant to a broad range of occupations and sectors. They are often referred to as core skills, basic skills or soft skills, the cornerstone for the personal development of a person. Transversal knowledge, skills and competences are the building blocks for the development of the "hard" skills and competences required to succeed on the labour market.

Example:

"Collaborate on tasks", "use office software", "negotiating" and "share information" are relevant for many occupations in a broad range of sectors.

Cross-sectoral

Cross-sector knowledge, skills and competences are of growing importance all over Europe. They are relevant to occupations across several economic sectors.

Example:

"Animal welfare" is relevant in the sectors "agriculture", "veterinary activities" and "amusement and recreation parcs".

Sector-specific

Sector-specific knowledge, skills and competences are specific to one sector, but are relevant for more than one occupation within that sectors.

Example:

"Monitoring of livestock" is specific for the sector "husbandry and breeding".

Occupation-specific

Occupation-specific knowledge, skills and competences are usually applied only within one occupation and its specialisms.

Example:

"Using automatic milking systems" is specific for the occupation "cattle breeder".