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The shifting sands of employability

Wilton, Nick


Nicholas Wilton
Faculty Academic Director - Strategic Partnerships


The term ‘employability’ has gradually permeated the national consciousness, increasingly used across a variety of policy areas including higher education, social welfare and public finance. However, despite its offhand use in government policy discourse, employability is a problematic term with shifting and diverse meanings, holding different connotations for statisticians, economists, healthcare professionals, policymakers and HR managers. The purpose of this article is to discuss the development of alternative definitions of employability, the components that make up individual or collective employability and to discuss some of the problems associated with its use.


Wilton, N. (2011). The shifting sands of employability

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2011
Journal CESR Review
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Pages 2-5
Keywords employability, disadvantage, skills, labour markets
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