Missing Skills: Results of the Skills Module of the Moldovan Labor Market Forecast Survey

Moldovan employers report that inadequate technical skills, poor work ethic, and lack of motivation among the workforce have a negative impact on the performance of their firms. Inadequate knowledge of foreign languages appears to be the most pressing problem for high-skilled occupations, while insufficient analytical and problem-solving skills as well as low willingness to learn new things are most cited skills gaps for middle-skilled workers. Two policy measures can help to address the skills gap. First, the education and training system can put more emphasis on the development of socio-behavioral skills in addition to occupation-specific skills. Second, better communication of employers' perspective on missing skills to students and jobseekers can lead to better informed education and career choices.