MYSKILLS – New test makes professional knowledge visible

No qualification, no job – that's how it is for many people in Germany, even if they have already been working for years. But how can refugees and the unemployed be integrated more easily into the employment market without a professional qualification? That's where MYSKILLS comes in – a test which we have developed hand-in-hand with the Federal Employment Agency. read more...


Trend Monitoring

Employment of the future

Globalization, digitization, demographic change, and migration are leading to a more dynamic labor market and a structural change in the organization of work and social security. We monitor the effects of these trends in order to develop concepts for this structural change.  read more...


Labour Market Dynamics

Improving income and social mobility prospects

In the past few years and decades wage inequality has increased alarmingly in the majority of OECD and EU countries. With policy-relevant action knowledge, we want to contribute to taking countermeasures in the interests of greater equality of opportunities for all and greater growth potential.  read more...


Old-Age Protection

Shaping the future of old-age provision

Despite recent reforms, the ageing of society, changes in employment and unfavourable interest rate developments are putting the pension system under severe pressure. We are developing reform proposals on how sustainable old-age provision can be organised and poverty among the elderly can be avoided in the future. read more...


Labour Market

Enable flexible and safe transitions

Economic dynamism requires individual social security in order to promote individual flexibility and willingness to take risks, which in the long run creates dynamics in the labour market. For this purpose, we want to develop orientation knowledge and recommendations for policy makers. read more...



Boosting Trade in Services in the Digitalisation Era: Potential and Obstacles

While international trade in goods is stagnating, the exchange of digital services has been growing strongly over the past years. Some European economies harness the potential of this growth market well – but others lag behind. A new study identifies which countries can make better use of their potential and from which countries they can learn. read more...

Develop competences

Obtain vocational degrees step-by-step via partial qualifications

Partial qualifications allow adults to obtain vocational degrees, step-by-step, as appropriate for their personal circumstances. In cooperation with science, practice, politics and the economy, we are identifying success factors and developing recommendations for how a comprehensive, connective program for modular qualification might be designed. read more...


Working paper

When machines judge people

Predictive policing, credit assessments, job recruitment – algorithmic systems are impacting many areas of life today. If machine-based decisions are to serve people and their needs, society must shape how those decisions are made, for example by establishing criteria that ensure algorithmic predictions are truly beneficial. For this to be the case, predictions must be applied in an objective manner and must be refutable, and it must be possible for them to be independently verified. read more...

Recognize competences

Advancement opportunities for informally qualified persons

The opening of the social shears and shortage of specialized personnel show: Germany must finally start recognizing and making use of informally and non-formally acquired skills. Especially for people without a formal professional or higher education degree. Based on studies and practical examples, foreign and domestic, we illustrate how this might work. read more...



Technological Innovation Promises to Reshape Global Economy

Advances in technology – from the Internet of things to artificial intelligence, automation and big data – promise to reshape the labor market and economy in dramatic ways, said Denis McDonough, former chief of staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, at the ninth annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times conference in Washington, DC. read more...

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Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." will go to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia. We award him the prize in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. Ilves will be awarded the prize worth €200,000 at a ceremony in Gütersloh on June 29. read more...



Upturn on EU's labor markets does not benefit everyone

Three years after the economic and financial crisis reached its peak in Europe, the employment rate has increased. Yet major challenges remain: 4.6 million young Europeans are without jobs, many people cannot live on what they earn despite working full time, and the risk of poverty is acute for parts of the population in several EU member states. read more...



Is China buying "Made in Germany"?

German technology is globally very popular – including in China.  However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the interest being shown in it by the Middle Kingdom. Takeovers by Chinese firms are being observed with increasing skepticism and in some recent cases are even subject to government review. We have analyzed Chinese investments of recent years - with mixed conclusions. read more...



Integrating refugees into the labor market: No cure-all in sight

Everywhere in Europe, policy makers are looking for ways to help asylum-seekers and refugees find jobs. It's a major challenge and the tools being used vary – from language courses and internships to competency tests and training programs. No one, however, has found a surefire approach, as our new study shows. read more...



Long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem for the EU

Long-term unemployment is one of the biggest challenges faced by any labor market. The longer a person goes without work, the harder it is for them to get a foot back in the door. Our study shows that, particularly in southern EU states, long-term unemployment is becoming a structural problem and a burden on the entire economy. read more...

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EU comparison: German labor market prepared for the future

Labor market policy is a challenge for all European governments. The desire for stable and secure jobs and the demand for flexibility are facing each other. Our new study has examined and compared the mobility of the European labor markets. Here Germany seems to be well prepared. read more...



Six scenarios for Germany’s labor market

Digitization is already turning the labor market upside down. What might the general situation look like for people, companies, and politicians if this trend keeps stepping up its pace in Germany? Labor market experts and experts from the digital economy have outlined six potential scenarios. read more...

Older workers

Reducing barriers to participation in the workforce

The implications of demographic change mean that more and more older people are working longer. Reforms in Germany such as the pension at 67 policy are facilitating this trend. How can the employability of older workers be maintained so as to ensure their inclusion in the workforce? read more...


EU labor mobility

Completing the common European labor market

Despite the free movement of workers within the EU, labor migration flows in the Union remain modest. Nonetheless, greater mobility gives rise to considerable opportunities. How can we make better use of the available opportunities in the European labor market? read more...

Pension system

Future-proofing the pension system

Despite past reforms, the consequences of demographic change are placing further pressure on the pension-insurance system. How can the pension system’s future sustainability be ensured, and old-age poverty be prevented? read more...

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Economic Dynamics and Employment

A dynamic labor market and high levels of employment are prerequisites for widespread social inclusion and sustainable growth. We are therefore addressing the challenges faced by the German and European labor markets, showing ways in which labor-market participation opportunities can be improved. read more...

Active Ageing

Towards more employment opportunities for older workers

Inspired by the "2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity amongst the Generations" the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the European Policy Centre (EPC) have combined forces for their joint project on "Second Career Labour Markets. Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers". read more...

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EU labour mobility

Harnessing European Labour Mobility

The study “Harnessing European labour mobility” makes policy recommendations to foster cross-border labour mobility based on a scenario analysis for labour mobility in 2025. read more...