The concept employability: a complex mosaic
by Anneleen Forrier, Luc Sels
International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management (IJHRDM), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2003

Abstract: Since lifetime employment within the same organisation is no longer a prerogative for all, job security has to be safeguarded differently. In this respect, ''lifetime employability'' instead of ''lifetime employment'' is often put forward as the new protection in the labour market. Although employability became a buzzword in organisational literature, no clear consensus about its meaning and measurement can be found. In this paper, we bring some clarification to the debate about employability. We develop a conceptual model of the ''employability process''. This conceptual model offers a framework for future empirical research on employability. It can help to identify the main factors that may influence labour market transitions for individuals. In addition, it may clarify the role government and employers can play in shaping these career moves.

Online publication date: Sat, 13-Dec-2003

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