Ekkehard Ernst

Ekkehard Ernst

Ekkehard Ernst

Chief of Macroeconomic Policy, ILO

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Strategic HR Risk Analysis with New Sources of Data

The ILO is helping organisations of all kinds to forecast skill shortages or abundance, political/economic challenges and supply changes using employee data and external big data sources, including public information on social media.

Do you understand the risks to your business from your HR decisions? Are you considering the challenges of the Global War for Talent to attract and retain the best for your business? And are you taking into account what your competitors are doing?

HR analytics needs to take into account the national and global context in which a business operates. Shifts in demand for skills, rising costs of labour and a sudden drying up of talent supply all create uncertainty and high risk to the profitability and viability of your business.

The presentation will give an overview of different tools that can be used to detect and develop alternative scenarios for business dynamics. Integrating such techniques allows for a more holistic approach that integrates operational, sectoral and macro risks into a common framework and understanding.

From hands-on experience, the presentation shows how this has been used successfully in a public sector context and offers opportunities for a broad range of applications.

Analytics Sophistication: All

Day: 1

Track: Strategy

Ekkehard Ernst is Chief Macroeconomist at the International Labour Organization (ILO), where he is responsible for understanding the Future of Work and analysing alternative paths for jobs and earnings to improve upon current trends. For this he uses both scenario techniques and quantitative predictive tools to uncover hidden trends and challenges for policy makers and business.

His work helps decision makers in understanding developments in skills and labour costs around the globe, providing them with the necessary intelligence to make effective long-term decisions. He is a regular speaker at international conferences where he presents his latest insights and organises a yearly summer academy together with the International Training Center in Turin, Italy, where he gives hands-on advice on the tools he is using.

Before joining the ILO in 2008 he worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Central Bank. He has published extensively in the area of labour market trends and reforms and the impact of financial markets on jobs. Ekkehard Ernst has studied in Mannheim, Saarbrücken and Paris and holds a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Company: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Industry: UN Agency


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all. The ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands are members of the ILO.


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