Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: Greece 2010

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Improving the performance of youth on the labour market is a crucial challenge in OECD countries facing persistent youth unemployment. Whatever the level of qualification, first experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on Greece contains a survey of the main barriers to employment for young people, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to improve the transition from school to work, and a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners. The report is based on the proceedings of a seminar and is published in English only. However, a French translation of the summary and main recommendations has been included in this volume.



Removing demand-side barriers

The current economic slowdown has brought the importance of labour demand conditions to youth labour market performance back to the fore. Across OECD countries, the youth employment rate is more sensitive to the business cycle than that of adults, making youth particularly vulnerable in the current economic environment. In addition, some structural issues related to labour demand persist in many countries. As new entrants to the labour market, youth are more likely to be affected by institutional arrangements that weaken labour demand.


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