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Combination of factors which enable individuals to progress towards or get into employment, stay in employment and progress during their careers. The employability of individuals depends: (a) on personal attributes (including adequacy of knowledge and skills); (b) on the way these personal attributes are presented on the labour market; (c) on the environmental and social context (incentives and opportunities offered to update and validate their knowledge and skills); and (d) on the economic context.


Employability is often a focus of lifelong guidance activities and particularly of employment counselling/guidance.


Scottish Executive (2007). What is employability? Available from Internet:

Tamkin, P. & Hillage, J. (1999). Employability and Employers: The missing piece of the jigsaw. Institute for Employment Studies (Report 361). Available from Internet:

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