ISSA Webinar: National experiences in tackling shortage occupations

16. Mai 2024 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: National experiences in tackling shortage occupations

16. Mai 2024 | Virtual

Thursday, 16 May 2024, 14:00-15:45 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Among the emerging challenges in the labour market, the job market is undergoing significant structural changes influenced by factors such as globalization, demographic shifts, technological advancement, ecological concerns, climate considerations and health developments. On one hand, the transformative impact of technological advancement and digitalization is restructuring job profiles. On the other hand, some occupations are disappearing while new ones emerging, often shaped by climate and ecological challenges.

As demonstrated in the ISSA Guidelines on the Promotion of Sustainable Employment, the study of shortage occupations is vital for anticipating labour market needs, promoting ongoing training, preparing for job transformations, and building resilience in times of crises. The guidelines underscore the significance of proactive measures, collaboration with diverse stakeholders, and the development of flexible frameworks to ensure sustainable employment and support workforce adaptability to evolving market demands.

Join us for this ISSA webinar that will provide an overview of country experiences in addressing issues related to shortage occupations, which will be held back-to-back with the Technical Seminar: Modern policy making to tackle shortage occupations, taking place 15–16 May 2024 in Brussels, Belgium.


Mariana ÁlvarezMariana Álvarez, National Director of Social Security Policies, Subsecretariat of Social Security - Ministry of Human Capital, Argentina
Pierre Therrien, Director General of the Economic Policy Directorate at Employment and Social Development (ESDC), Canada
Haitao Zheng, PhD Assistant Researcher, Employment and Entrepreneurship Research Office, Chinese Academy of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS), China
Niels Lieman, Advisor for European Public Employment Service Affairs, Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), Netherlands

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • What are the prevailing dynamics of labour shortages? Are they primarily quantitative or qualitative in nature?
  • How can policy designs and social security measures contribute to bridging gaps in the labour market?
  • What are relevant national practices in addressing shortage occupations?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, ISSA
  • Technical introduction by the ISSA
  • Country experience from Argentina
  • Country experience from Canada
  • Country experience from China
  • Country experience from the Netherlands
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Yukun ZhuModerated by Yukun Zhu, Senior Officer in Social Security, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions as well as all persons interested in the topic without registration fees.