Big data and the future of work

3:00 pm
 – 6:00 pm

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Labour Market Information Council of Canada and the ILO are glad to invite you to a research webinar on “Big data and the future of work” organized as part of the EU funded project “Building partnerships on the future of work ”.

This project is being undertaken by the ILO and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and aims at developing new evidence around some specific and understudied Future of Work themes.

The objective of the webinar is to bring together experts from the three institutions and external experts to discuss the possibilities of using big data sources to analyze ongoing future of work trends in both developed and developing economies. It will be an opportunity to present recent research work based on different types of big data such as online job vacancies or CVs, geospatial data sources or mobile communication data and discuss their use for policy purposes.

To allow an in-depth discussion and participation of colleagues in other time zones, the meeting will take place on Thursday 3 February (15:00 hours – 18:00 hours Geneva time / 09:00 – 12:00 hours Ottawa time) via Zoom.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Preliminary agenda (Geneva time)

15h00 – 16h30 Session 1: Online job vacancies and CVs
Chair: Olga Strietska-Ilina (ILO)

  • Tony Bonen (LMIC): “Challenges and opportunities leveraging online job ads to track labour shortages”
  • Matteo Sostero and Enrique Fernandez-Macias (JRC): “The Professional Lens: What online job advertisements can say about occupational task profiles”
  • Ekkehard Ernst and Daniel Samaan (ILO): “Who moves and who stays? Labour market transitions under automation and health-related restrictions“
  • Secretaría de Trabajo y Fomento al Empleo (STyFE) of Mexico City (tbc)


16h30 – 18h00 Session 2: Mobile and geospatial data sources
Chair: Aurelio Parisotto (ILO)


  • Matthieu Charpe (ILO): “Nightime lights as a proxy for local economic growth : an application to structural transformation”
  • Cathy Riley and Linus Bengtsson (Flowminder): “Innovative data solutions for generating population information: the case of Call Detail Records used for analysing and estimating Population Movements”
  • Nicholas Denis (Statistics Canada): title forthcoming