Slovakia has lowest employment rate of less-skilled workers in EU

SLOVAKIA has the lowest employment rate among people with primary education and those who left vocational schools without graduating, head of the Slovak Academy of Sciences’ (SAV) prognostic team Martina Lubyová stated at an SAV economic conference on December 3.

Labour Office, illustrative stock photoLabour Office, illustrative stock photo (Source: Sme)

A major problem is that Slovakia is still unable to assist the aforementioned group of people to find jobs. Meanwhile, with Slovakia’s economy recovering, it emerges that the country is currently experiencing a lack of qualified workers.

“Some structural measures are required,” Lubyová said, as quoted by TASR.

Government-sponsored ‘social companies’ could help to engage those who have qualifications that are not currently in demand on the market; however state interventions are certainly not preferable over the long term. Fortunately, if structural measures – mainly pertaining to education – are introduced, such direct state interventions will not be necessary in the future, she stated.

Another problem for the labour market is posed by the fact that the Roma ethnic minority, currently a population of 400,000 people, will soon increase to 700,000. It must be borne in mind that an additional 300,000 people from this group will appear on the labour market, and we are not currently able to integrate this group,” said Lubyová.

Among the measures to tackle the challenge should be an enhanced system of formal education at schools, as well as life-long education, added the SAV chief forecaster.

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