The online consultation of experts is a cost- and time-efficient process of collecting comments by stakeholders through an online platform. The ESCO online consultation platform allows them to browse through a draft new version of the classification and to provide feedback directly at the specific concepts (occupations, knowledge, skills or competences) that are displayed in the platform. Due to this feature, the feedback is already organised according to the structure of the classification, which saves time and effort of the knowledge engineers.
The Commission organised an expert consultation in two phases, when preparing ESCO v1. While a part of the classification was developed by sectoral Reference Groups, the majority of occupational profiles were reviewed by stakeholders as part of this online consultation.