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Identification of blue skill needs in the Cyprus economy 2016-26 (2/2016)-EN

The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA), included the blue economy in its priorities, aligning its own planning with the priorities of government policy, having recognised the promising prospects of the blue economy for economic growth and job creation. In this context, it conducted a research study, providing forecasts of employment demand in blue economic sectors and occupations, which include all economic activities related to the oceans, seas and coastal areas.

 

The study examines and analyses the blue economy and blue occupations, maps out the blue economy of Cyprus and identifies blue skill needs in the Cyprus economy for the period 2016-26.

 

The blue economy of Cyprus includes 39 economic sectors, which are grouped into six main categories. The identification of skill needs focuses on maritime, shipping, fishing and maritime and coastal tourism occupations.

 

Total employment in the blue economic sectors of Cyprus during the period 2016-26 is forecasted to exhibit an upward trend. As a result in 2026, 40 518 persons or around 1 out of 10 employed persons will work in the blue economy. Total employment demand is estimated at 1 900 persons or 5,4% per year which corresponds to 14,3% of total employment demand for the Cyprus economy.

 

According to the study, eight out of ten employed persons in the blue economy will work in maritime and coastal tourism, reflecting the importance of tourism to the blue economy of Cyprus. This sector will exhibit the highest total employment demand with 1 615 persons or 5,6% per year during the period 2016-26.

 

The second biggest blue economic sector is maritime transport, in which one out of six employed persons of the blue economy will be working. Total employment demand will reach 253 persons or 4,3% per year during the period 2016-26. These trends are related to the strategic objective of Cyprus for further promotion of merchant shipping as well as the pursuit for exploiting hydrocarbon deposits in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

The study leads to recommendations aiming for the timely and planned satisfaction of Cyprus’s blue economy needs in the areas of employment and human resource development, education and training.

 

Source: ReferNet Cyprus

 

http://www.refernet.org.cy/easyconsole.cfm/page/refproject/p_id/311/lang/en

 

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