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The Future of Work


The regional labour market and enterprises in South Tyrol are in global competition for (highly) qualified and specialized workers. In addition to job- and employer-related factors, the quality of life and the environment of the company location also play a significant role for the employee when it comes to choosing a job. In cases where the attractiveness of the region or country does not exist, many opt for more attractive alternatives offered elsewhere. Due to the flexibility of an internationally mobile workforce and the increasing speed at which skill requirements are changing, “competing” countries, regions and companies are challenged to constantly adapt their recruitment strategies.

In this context, South Tyrol is faced with the question of how the region can position itself in the global competition. This implies to consider global processes, the controversial phenomenon of labor immigration from foreign countries and cultures, but also the emigration of qualified and highly qualified people from the region. Furthermore, a relevant question is where South Tyrol positions itself in comparison to other European regions. What impact do global developments have on South Tyrol and its labour market? What about the in- and outflow of talents and skilled workers today and how will it develop in the future? And how can the attractiveness of the regional labour markets be raised?

Time frame: 2018 - 2020

Project team: Valeria Ferraretto, Mirjam Gruber, Elisa Innerhofer, Ingrid Kofler, Anja Marcher, Harald Pechlaner

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Maßnahmen für den Arbeitsstandort Südtirol – Workshops mit Eurac und WIFO
Südtirol: Best Place for Talents?
Südtirol muss sich im globalen Wettbewerb um hochqualifizierte Arbeitskräfte besser positionieren.

Is the Global Talent Competition Distorting
Local Labor Policies?
Ingrid Kofler
Arbeiterloses Südtirol? Warum es wichtig ist, den Fachkräftemangel zu verstehen.
Ingrid Kofler, Harald Pechlaner

​The Future of High-skilled Workers: Regional Problems and Global Challenges.
Ingrid Kofler, Elisa Innerhofer, Anja Marcher, Mirjam Gruber, Harald Pechlaner

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