Labour market signals and indicators


This research paper is based upon the two reports from a research project undertaken by The Staff College for the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) in 1994-95. The project examined ways in which labour market signals and indicators are being and might be used to identify needs which might be met through national vocational and technical education and training (TVET) systems.

The paper comprises an initial literature review (Chapter 2), followed by a review of the methodology employed in four national case studies: Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Cambodia (Chapter 3) and those case studies (Chapter 4). A summary of their key findings in (Chapter 5) is followed by some key lessons from the research (Chapter 6), and some conclusions on ways in which labour market signals and indicators might be used more effectively to improve the effectiveness of technical and vocational education and training systems. Appendices provide an overview of recent developments in the United Kingdom (using the Training & Enterprise Councils as vehicles for economic regeneration linking training providers and the employment market), as well as details of the research approaches.


Educational Paper No. 15, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 0 902500 70 8, 107 pp.

Labour market signals and indicators

Published 1 January 1996