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Volume 9
Issue 2
Online publication date 2013-07-15
Title The (Mis)Match between supply and demand labor systems in Kosovo on employability skills: The moderating effects of personal attributes in transition to employment
Author Bujar Gallopeni
This study addresses the mismatch between labor supply and labor demand in Kosovo and how this is related to employability skills. Self-report questionnaires were used for collecting data from two groups of respondents, employees and employers, in order to consider both sides of the labor. The within and between groups analyses were conducted using paired sample t-test in the level of skills acquisition and skills requirement. Results indicate that there is a mismatch between labor supply and demand for both groups. The study investigated also the effects of personal attributes in the transition of young graduates from education to employment. The backward stepwise regression analysis showed that personal attributes partially predicted the job gain and job maintenance. This means that from thirteen personal attributes, only work-life balance and working under pressure predicted job gain, and adaptability predicted job maintenance. The discussion focuses on the practical implications of the study results and guiding limitations for future research.
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Keywords Employability skills, labor supply, labor demand, personal attributes, transition to employment
Pages 34-52
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