Qualifications and the future of work


Sir, – Further to the article “Irish workers most ‘overqualified’ in Europe” (News, September 22nd), those concerned about the future of work recognise that the rate of technological progress is exponential. As a result, we are already in an era when jobs and entire industries are being transformed, with radical implications for work and skills. Research on “overqualification” can only tell us where we have been rather than where we are going. From the latter perspective, “overqualification” should not be seen as pejorative, but rather as a very valuable investment in national competitiveness and the long-term employability of our citizens. – Yours, etc,


Chief Executive,

Irish Universities


Merrion Square,

Dublin 2.