The European Commission has published a new version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO). This comes after a two-year process which involved the review of existing concepts as well as the development of new occupational and competence profiles. ESCO V1.1 is intended to respond to two main needs:

  • Remain useful in the labour market and in education and training
  • Review the quality of ESCO in line with stakeholder needs

ESCO v1.1 marks a few key changes from the previous version of ESCO namely:

  • New content with 68 new occupations, 354 new skills and 158 new knowledge concepts created and translated in all ESCO languages
  • A new hierarchy for transversal skills with a revised structure and terminology on transversal skills and competences
  • Green, DigComp, and Research skills labels – the new ESCO has developed a taxonomy of skills for the green transition and for researchers as well as the skills listed in the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp) competence areas
  • Quality improvements with 500 terms being updated whether it is through the removal of duplicates or by indicating the relationship between terms and concepts.

Infographic on a blue background listing the 4 areas of improvement of ESCO v1.1. Two overlapping clouds indicate new occupations, skills and knowledge concepts, 3 outlines of badges overlapping and with different levels indicating a new hierarchy for transversal skills, three wavy lines to indicate labels for Green, DigComp, Research skills and knowledge concepts, and a dumbbell for quality improvements.

The ESCO v1.1 had contributions from the following organisations:

  • The Employment Services of the EURES Network
  • AREA (
  • ASHOKA Belgium (
  • ASSETS+ Blueprint (
  • AWS Training & Certification (
  • BF/M-Bayreuth (
  • Blueprint S4TCLF (
  • Centre for European Volunteering (
  • Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário de Portugal (
  • DEVOPS project (
  • DRIVES Blueprint (
  • EGEC (
  • ENISA – the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (
  • EO4GEO Blueprint (
  • ESTRO (
  • Eurodesk Brussels Link (
  • European Council of Optometry and Optics (
  • European Evaluation Society (
  • European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (
  • European Geothermal Energy Council (
  • European Marine Biological Resource Centre (
  • European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (
  • European Welding Foundation (
  • FERMA – Federation of European Risk Management Associations (
  • Hydrogen Europe (
  • International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (
  • MATES Blueprint (
  • METIS Blueprint (
  • Next Tourism Generation Skills Alliance (
  • PROF/TRAC – Open Training Platform for NZEB professionals (
  • Researchers using ESCO (
  • RITCS. Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound. Erasmus University College Brussels (
  • SkillLab (
  • Skills4am Blueprint (
  • WindEurope (

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Source : European Digital Skills & Jobs Platform

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ESCO v1.1 announcement

Digital technology / specialisation

  • Digital skills

Digital skill level

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Digital Expert

Geographic Scope - Country

  • European Union

Type of initiative

EU institutional initiative