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Are Jobs in Wales High Skilled and High Quality? Baselining the One Wales Vision and Tracking Recent Trends

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The 'One Wales' government has an ambitious vision of a Welsh economy based on high skilled and high quality jobs. This article presents evidence on which future progress towards this goal may be judged. It tracks the skills requirements of jobs using a variety measures, analyses the alignment of qualifications supply and demand, and examines several different aspects of job quality. These issues are investigated using large-scale surveys of those employed in Britain as a whole. These surveys were carried out in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2006. The results they produce for Wales are compared with other parts of Britain. The article therefore provides baseline measures on which to judge a central plank of the 'One Wales' government's skills and employment strategy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • Contemporary Wales is at the forefront of research into economic, political and social sciences relating to Wales. It contains both academic and practitioner-based articles, annual economic and legal reviews, and book reviews. Its interdisciplinary content drawing on current research on Wales makes the journal essential reading for students and researchers across a range of subject areas, including political and social policy, history, law, media and languages. Contemporary Wales has published articles in English and in Welsh.

    Mae Contemporary Wales wedi’i gyhoeddi’n gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru fel llwyfan ar gyfer ymchwil blaengar ar Gymru o safbwynt y gwyddorau economaidd, gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol. Mae'n cynnwys cyfuniad o erthyglau gan academyddion ac ymarferwyr, adolygiadau economaidd a chyfreithiol blynyddol, ac adolygiadau o gyhoeddiadau yn y maes. Mae natur rhyngddisgyblaethol y cynnwys sy'n seliedig ar yr ymchwil diweddaraf yn golygu bod y cyfnodolyn yn hanfodol i wleidyddion, gwneuthurwyr polisi, y cyfryngau, gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, llywodraeth leol yn ogystal â fyfyrwyr ac ymchwilwyr mewn ystod eang o feysydd gan gynnwys polisi gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol, hanes, y gyfraith, y cyfryngau a ieithoedd. Mae Contemporary Wales wedi cyhoeddi erthyglau yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg.

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