The skills pillar provides a comprehensive list of knowledge, skills and competences relevant to the European labour market. In ESCO v1.1.1, the skills pillar is structured in a hierarchy which contains the following four sub-classifications:
- Language skills and knowledge
- Transversal skills
The ESCO skills pillar distinguishes between i) skill/competence concepts and ii) knowledge concepts by indicating the skill type. There is however no distinction between skills and competences..
Each of these concepts come with one preferred term and a number of non-preferred terms in each of the 28 ESCO languages. ESCO as well provides an explanation (metadata) for each skill profile such us a description, scope note, reusability level and relationships (with other skills and with occupations).
The ESCO skill hierarchy is in a continuous process of improvement. Please share your feedback regarding the quality of the skills and skill groups through our contact page.