You are here: Home News Education for stable employment

Education for stable employment

The Daily Star, 23 December 2014 - HIGHER education is a prerequisite for millions of youth in the developing world who hope to find a decent, 'non-vulnerable' job; it has been established by a recent United Nations study. The study conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and released on December 16, surveys 28 countries worldwide and demonstrates that having a high level of education “serves as a fairly dependable guarantee” towards securing a formal job.

“The report confirms the role of education in shaping labour market outcomes of young people,” Azita Berar Awad, Director of the Employment Policy Department of the ILO, explained in a press release. She also mentioned that, “It also highlights the need for more investments in quality education, from primary through academic levels.”

The report notes that, 83 per cent of young people with post-secondary education are in non-vulnerable employment in the 27 low-to-upper middle income countries examined. While the number dropped to 75 per cent among low-income countries.

“Increasing the level of education of the emerging workforce in developing countries will not in itself ensure the absorption of higher skilled workers into non-vulnerable jobs,” says Theo Sparreboom, author of the study. “Yet, it is clear that continuing to push forth undereducated, under-skilled youth into the labour market is a no-win situation, both for the young person who remains destined for a 'hand-to-mouth existence' based on vulnerable employment, and for the economy which gains little in terms of boosting its labour productivity potential,” he added.

The report also highlights the lingering problem of 'skills mismatch' – or the disparity between the skill-level of those seeking employment and the demands of the jobs available on the market – as a point of concern, particularly as it varies greatly between advanced and low-income economies. In advanced economies, for instance, 'mismatch' often refers to higher skilled young people employed in jobs for which they are overqualified. At the opposite end of the spectrum, mis-matched young workers in low-income economies often suffer from “under-education” and have “no option but to take vulnerable jobs in the informal economy,” according to the ILO.

This disparity is largely fuelled by poverty as many youth cannot attend school because they cannot afford the costs or because they need to work to help their families, the UN agency continued.


This selection of news and comment is provided as a service to Network users, and is not intended to be comprehensive. The articles featured are compiled by external agencies and in no way reflect the views of the ILO, its constituents or partners. Their inclusion does not imply the endorsement or approval by the ILO of the information contained therein.


Document Actions