Occupation is the key unit in matching vacancies and job seekers, and it is used for occupational choice and for career consultancy.
Occupation is also a key variable in social research, particularly that which relates to the labour market, transitions from
school to work, social stratification, gender wage gaps, occupational structures and skill requirements. Despite the fact
that occupation is such an important concept, little is known about the similarity of occupations across EU member states.
For this reason, the EU-funded FP6 project EurOccupations (2006-2009) aimed to build a freely available web-based database
containing 1,500 to 2,000 of the most common occupations; and to test the similarity of job content, required skill level,
and competency profiles for a selection of 150 occupations across the eight member states in the project (Belgium, France,
Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and United Kingdom).
This codebook explains the data collection methods used
in the project and outlines the dataset collected for the detailed analysis of 150 occupations.