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Countries use all kinds of different names and definitions to understand their own labor markets, so we solve this disparity by using our own taxonomy that unifies titles between countries and helps everyone speak the same language.
Having this broad view helps you compare markets across borders, determine where your company might expand, and understand the local skills landscape all over the world.
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Finding a way to speak the same language
- First, each country reports talent supply very differently
For example, the US tracks over 800 categories of labor, while the Philippines track only 40. This creates a clash of names, definitions, and granularity. What the US calls a software engineer isn’t necessarily a software engineer in the Philippines.
- Second, online profiles aren’t nearly as prolific in countries outside the US
This means that global data providers relying solely on online profiles can't see a large portion of the world’s data.
- First, we have created a new taxonomy that unifies the occupation categories between countries.
Now you can search for “software engineer” and get the closest possible result, no matter what country you are evaluating.
- Second, we have combined our own extensive profile data with government-reported data.
This gives government data more granularity and profile data more structure.
The result: the best possible high-level view of the global talent market
We collect government data on all available occupations and populations, country by country. We bring this data up to date, enhance the granularity, and supplement it with our own sources to create one comprehensive dataset.
We gather public online profiles from a wide variety of partners and vendors. This includes résumés uploaded or submitted to employers or job boards as well as information from online social platforms.