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date: 23 August 2019

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Labour market research often relies on assumptions regarding job skill requirements but most information on job content is relatively thin or too general for easy interpretation, requiring new approaches to concepts and measurement. This chapter provides a detailed map of the domains that need to be measured and an approach to measuring them called explicit scaling, involving behaviourally concrete survey questions and response options with relatively fixed meanings across respondents. The measures capture both the diverse kinds of skills used at work and the complexity gradients that are the focus of recent concerns but which have largely eluded objective measurement. This chapter describes the measures first used in the survey of Skills, Technology, and Management Practices (STAMP) and presents empirical evidence on their validity and reliability, including comparisons with other established measures of job skill content.

Keywords: explicit scaling, job content, skill measurement, skill requirements, Skills, Technology and Management Practices (STAMP)

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