Spain -Hard to find a job for youngsters -September 22, 2015

In an OECD study, Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report for Spain 2015, it is concluded that he share of youths neither in employment, nor education or training (NEET) ranks near the top of the OECD, surpassed only in Mexico, Greece and Italy. The 278-page report identifies 12 ‘skills challenges’ for Spain as it strives to recover from the protracted economic crisis. ‘Youth NEET are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed and more difficult to integrate in the future.’ As usual the OECD criticises the former centralisation of collective bargaining and sectoral provisions, because this makes ‘layoffs the primary mechanism of adjustment’ by firms. Remarkable is that the organisation puts a strong emphasis on vocational training and qualification without recognising the benefit of collectively agreed, industry-wide training provisions.

English: http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/09/22/inenglish …

 http://skills.oecd.org/developskills/documents/Spain_Diagnostic_Report.pdf       

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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