50,000 long-term unemployed have never worked

LABOUR offices in Slovakia register almost 108,000 unemployed who have only basic education or not even that, the TASR newswire reported on October 11.

LABOUR offices in Slovakia register almost 108,000 unemployed who have only basic education or not even that, the TASR newswire reported on October 11.

“More than half of these jobseekers are aged 20-40, while almost 50,000 of them have never worked,” Jana Lukáčová from the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Centre (ÚPSVaR) told TASR.

According to consulting company McRoy Group, these people avoid employment due to facing repossession procedures or think that working is not worth the trouble.

“We’ve seen quite a few cases with low-qualified jobseekers, but also those who meet the requirements of the employer on education and experience, but they refuse to attend an interview, claiming that the salary would be too low [to get out of their debts],” said Lukáčová, adding that these people are then removed from the jobseeker registry.

Labour Ministry spokesman Michal Stuška told TASR that the ministry is already tackling the situation. For example, it has introduced a 12-month relief from payroll deductions for those long-term unemployed who find a job.

“Since November 2013, this measure has applied to 5,000 people who had been unemployed long term,” said Stuška, as quoted by TASR, adding that the ministry does not view that as a negligible figure.

(Source: TASR)

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