The Basque Employment Service-Lanbide has developed an employment observatory to forecast the future of employment

What studies will be the most sought after? What professional profiles will be needed in the future? Based on these questions, the Basque Employment Service-Lanbide has presented a tool called Futurelan which makes it possible to review the evolution of employment and answer any questions regarding what studies people should take based on the needs of the job market.

Through quick searches on this website, you can view employment trends in all economic sectors and occupational groups, as well as make comparisons between the two. This tool is essential to obtain timely information on the type of workers Basque companies need, in addition to any possible economic distortions.

The information that can be found includes quantitative data on estimates of the demand for jobs divided by sectors and professions, and qualitative data on trends and changes regarding skills. The data entered cover from 2005 to 2015, based on the Labour Market Census, and from 2016 to 2030 based on the expected evolution. The figures shown include the distribution of employment based on jobs in a given sector, the number of contracts, the sectors that will be affected and job opportunities.

Employment opportunities by occupation

The employment opportunities will be created based on the prospects for economic development and the need to replace current workers in the Basque labour market who will be retiring. What will be the total job opportunities considering both of these factors? According to the expectations, we will be needing experts and/or professionals, such as office workers attending the public, intermediate managers, workshop foremen, experts in engineering, computers and electronics, and particularly experts in financial and commercial operations and management. And in the catering sector, the employment opportunities will be for shop assistants, protection services and security.


Employment opportunities by sector

In addition to opportunities based on occupation groups, those relating to sectors, such as retail and wholesale trade, the repair of motor vehicles, health-related activities and social services, transport and storage, real estate activities, information and communications will continue to grow until 2030.



Evolution of the job offers based on workers

Regarding the potential supply of workers that will increase over the years, we have experts and scientists and intellectuals in the fields of health and teaching, and professional support experts.



Trends and skills

Among the main trends that will affect jobs related to science and intellectual activities in the field of health and teaching, we can highlight those relating to communication skills and interdisciplinary skills to direct, manage and work. In addition, the continuous integration of Information Technologies (IT) in research and development in the pharmaceutical sector, for example, in bioinformatics, will be a key driving force where there is a shortage of qualified staff. This chapter also reviews technology trends that will be appreciated in the development and manufacture of electronic components.

Thus, the automation and information technology in the construction of buildings, such as smart homes, and the extension of the Internet of Things (IoT). Another powerful industry sector will be 4.0, its intelligent manufacturing technology will require knowledge of software and hardware. And in the health sector, biotechnology will boost innovation in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food products, chemicals, the biofuel industry and health care.