Youth Employment in the EU-25

In almost all Member States is decreasing proportion of young employees.This reflects the declining birth rate, but may also mention the the fact that educational activities are becoming more common and last for a long time.In addition, young workers are more vulnerable against economic recession – Employers respond to economic pressures by limiting the admission new young employees. In 2005, the EU-25 employed approximately 193.8 million people, of which were 20.4 million young people employees. Young employees represent 10.5% of the workforce. The employment rate of young workers (EU-25) reached 36.3% compared with 63.6% of the population aged 15-64 years.Youth unemployment rate EU-25 was 18.7%, which is twice
overall unemployment rate (9.0%). In many EU Member States over the last years also increased the rate of youth unemployment, although in the general aging population is fewer young people. Among the various
regions are considerable differences: in two thirds of the regions in the EU-25 level was youth unemployment at least double the total unemployment. Regional unemployment rate of young people were in the range 6.2% to 59.1%.
The successful integration of young people into working life, however, the company also extremely important for businesses, and also for the young people, for control over their own lives and for their health and wellbeing.

Where do young workers work?

The breakdown by sector is obvious that the EU-25, the largest proportion of young employees found in hotels and restaurants (22.7%) and trade (16.3%). Hospitality sector services is contained in the first place, as
regards the employment of young people in 20 of the 25 Member States and in all Member States are located in the top three.
This distribution has important implications for health and safety.Young people at work due to a specific set of potentially harmful conditions which are characteristic of these sectors (including low wages,
temporary seasonal labor, bad working conditions and physically demanding work). In the EU-25 were young people in 2005, frequently employed as personnel services (5.2 million) and then as craftsmen and related
occupations (3.6 million). Officials (2.7 million) and were followed shortly after primary occupations (2.5million). Between Member States, there are only small differences in the distribution by profession.         The largest increase number of young people employed in services and sales occurred from 2000
in 2005 (+ 0.38 million).
For many of these sectors and occupations are the typical risks of accidents, exposure hazards in the workplace or, as is the case with professions in services, difficult employment situation.


4 thoughts on “Youth Employment in the EU-25

  1. Youth Employment is very important in any European country. Youths cover the jobs many older people leave due to retirement. However in Ireland after university young people are finding it extremely hard to find full time employment. This has only been as recent as the global recession. Employers are looking for older more experienced workers. They are not interested in recently graduated. So therefore these youths are taking up part time work in the hospitality sector. Most hospitality sectors do include low wage, bad working conditions and long hours. Many youths over the age of 18 are also on government benefits because of availability of jobs. It all leads to ongoing problems.

  2. In the UK (where I am from), unemployment rate amongst the 18-24 years age group is particularly bad. Changes need to be made in education system to make sure that the UK are producing young people at the age of 18 with a real qualification that people need in the modern workplace, voluntary organisations need to get more involved by advising young people on getting jobs and the youth need to be discouraged from seeking job seekers allowance as many rely upon this without making a great deal of effort to look for a job.

    • Another big problem of youth unemployment is that many companies require several years of working experience. But it’s obvious, that without a job you can’t get any professional experience. I think that all the young people should get the chance to realize their skills and knowledge into praxis. So the EU 25 should pay their attention on a better integration of the youth into the labour market and support them.

  3. Youth unemployment seems to be a worldwide problem and should be a top priority for all governments. In the UK, one in five 16 -24 year olds are out of work. This is continuing to have a very damaging effect on the country’s economy. We are now being asked to pay over £9,000 for university fees and house prices are completely out of our reach. The system is very unfair. Figures last year showed that young people not in education, employment or training – swelled by 43,000 in 2010, to hit 938,000. That is a very alarming figure. Im sure this is a problem across the whole of Europe and further so governments really need to start making plans for the future and helping the youth get into some kind of work and get the economy back on it’s feet.


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