a team dedicated to
economic analysis
and prospective studies

Determining strategy, exploring new markets, anticipating business evolutions, improving the knowledge of your ecosystem and its main trends… are vital tasks for your organization.

KYU Lab conducts studies, sectorial market research, socio-demographic analysis, and benchmarking. KYU Lab also operates in the field of training and skills management, builds core competency reference guides, provides and evaluates full training programs…


Our toolbox

Big data: collection and processing of multi-source data

Survey: one-to-one interviews and online surveys

Data Visualization: automated graphics, infographics and online charts, online consultation tools…

Communication: study reports, press releases, flyers, digital publications, websites…

the outlook of an industry and explore how to take advantage of opportunities

As part of the “Nouvelle France Industrielle” initiative to promote the “Made in France” program, the French government approved, in May 2014, the “Embedded Softwares and Systems” plan. Commissioned by OPIIEC and carried out by KYU Lab, the study supporting this plan was presented at the “Assises de l’Embarqué” conference in partnership with the “Embedded France” association.

We carry out research in strategic sectors to promote growth and job creation

After mapping and analysing the role of each industry stakeholder, we studied the current market for the Embedded Systems industry as well as its employment prospects.
We then identified and indexed the professions, skills, and training programs relating to this economic sector.
Finally, our study led to 20 recommendations aimed at supporting economic growth and employment in France within this industry.

Key figures

80 Documents analyzed
73 Experts interviewed
1500 Answers to our survey

the evolution of public investment and its impact on the private engineering sector

The financial crisis has threatened the public sector’s future ability to invest, especially at a local level. Moreover, the public sector has recently developed its own engineering workforce. The private engineering sector, whose companies have suffered during the financial crisis, are concerned by these developments.
OPIIEC – joint watchdog for Digital, Engineering, Consulting and Events professions – asked KYU to study the economic impacts of these worrying trends.

We help you analyse and address the risks threatening your economic activities

This study’s first step was to measure the extent of the decrease in French public investment and the growth of the public engineering workforce.
The second step was to evaluate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the consequences of these developments on the market and employment level in the private engineering sector.
Finally, we identified leverage actions (training, communication, promotion…) which would enable private engineering companies and their employees to face these changes.

Key figures

+100 Reports analysed
60 Interviews with experts
1200 Survey respondents

the professions and skills within an industry to better understand them

We provided support to an industry of more than 10,000 companies and close to 60,000 employees in updating their job description reference file. We mapped the industry’s skillsets and professions to identify and describe the emerging and declining professions.

We built a competency dictionary that will eventually be used when drafting Certificates for Professional Qualifications

We help you promote your professions through appealing job descriptions

Through an important documentary analysis supplemented by more than 75 interviews with professionals from different industry sub-sectors, professions, skills, and training have been indexed.
This enabled us to draw-up a detailed map presenting the different professions in each sub-sector. Every sector and profession description is based on a specific skills index, with standardized formulations which we have set up in order to establish a common approach across the sectors.
Finally, we built a statistical estimation model allowing each sub-sector to evaluate, using public data, its number of companies and of employees.

Key figures

75 Experts interviewed
26 Profession descriptions
10 Sector descriptions

the developments in the competitive environment of an economic sector and their impacts

The French watchmaking industry is in a state of flux as a result of a range of factors including the arrival of smartwatches, vertical integration, and the digitalization of most professions. In order to aid its evolution, the industry entrusted us with the responsibility of identifying the range of issues it faces (competition, technology, demography), describing their impacts on the industry, and setting out a range of possible scenarios and plans to deal with these issues.

We carry-out studies to anticipate various risks and detect business opportunities

First, we launched a global study of the watchmaking industry covering its history, market environment and value chain descriptions allowing us to write a report on the sector and its outlook.
Then, we mapped the professions within the industry (watchmaker, merchandiser, after-sale service manager…) in order to build a job description reference file and competency dictionary.
Finally, a detailed analysis of the key skills for the 3/5 next years allowed us to advise the representatives of this industry on adopting specific training programs.

Key figures

60 Professionals and experts interviewed
19 Profession descriptions written
1200 Major evolution factors and associated scenarios

the profession index of a sector

In order to draw-up accurate policies, industry representatives of a sector need to evaluate the sector’s evolution over time to efficiently support the sector’s companies and employees. Using a profession reference guide is a key element of this process.

OPIIEC – Joint Observatory for the Digital, Engineering, Consulting, and Events professions – wished to update its profession reference guide and to develop an online tool.

We support you with both form and content

At the outset, we carried out a full analysis of the current profession reference guide. Then we completed our vision by benchmarking (content, structure, and functionalities) the online tools offered by others French public bodies.
A survey and one-to-one interviews (with employees, human resources departments, managers, and educational specialists) helped us to rewrite the profession reference guide and its competency framework.
In our role as assistant to the public authority, we helped our client to develop an appropriate related online tool and select the best web agency to develop it:


Key figures

171 Standard profession descriptions
50 Experts mobilized
1200 Skills analysed

a training program’s efficiency

In France most training programs are financed by the State. The way that this public money is spent has to be carefully controlled, with the impact and effectiveness of the programs coming under close scrutiny. To measure the effectiveness of these programs and decide how to further develop them, research methods must be applied to offer solutions based on the industry’s need and capacities and the research tasks must be carried out by independent parties such as KYU.

We help you evaluate your training programs to ensure suitability for your employees’ professional needs

Through user surveys, targeted interviews, and statistical analysis of the available databases (lists of employees having received a training, lists of training satisfaction evaluations…), we conducted a quantitative and qualitative study for the “Actions Collectives” a program allowing around 20,000 individuals each year to undergo training (150 different learning modules).

We then drafted recommendations based on three possible scenarios.

Key figures

150 Learning modules analysed
1200 Answers to the survey
700 000 Employees affected
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