Background:Young people face numerous challenges when entering the labour market particularly in developing economies. Not only do they need to find a job, and preferably one that corresponds to their level of qualifications, they also want to develop a foundation for a lasting, stable employment relationship that helps them to progress in life. To better characterize these challenges, the ILO developed the School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS), a household survey of young people aged 15-29 years, and engaged in a widespread implementation of the survey in 28 low- and middle-income countries with the support of The MasterCard Foundation.
The surveys offer a wealth of information on the characteristics of education, conditions of work, aspirations and labour market transitions of young people, captured in the survey’s unique assessment of respondents’ history of labour market activities. All related SWTS microdata files, as well as the current national, thematic and regional reports, are already available.
SWTS datasets are available for the following 28 countries:
- Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa, Viet Nam
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Peru
- Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Tunisia
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia
In May 2014, the ILO issued a Call for Papers with the objective of offering researchers worldwide the opportunity to use the SWTS as a primary tool for innovative analysis of youth employment. Prominent youth employment experts and labour market researchers from the ILO, the OECD and the University of Geneva selected seven papers from over 50 submissions. The authors of the seven papers are invited to present their work at the main sessions of the Global Research Symposium.
About the Research Symposium:
|Organizers: Work4Youth, ILO Youth Employment Programme, Employment Policy Department |
Place:Room III, ILO Headquarters, Geneva - Switzerland
Date: 3-4 March 2015
The papers to be discussed are all based on the results of the recent SWTSs. Topics include:
- Wage inequality among young workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and the Pacific
- The role of sibling experience in labor market outcomes
- Vulnerabilities of youth in rural areas
- Gender, regional socioeconomic development, and the school to work transition of young Brazilians
- Parent attributes, youth labor market expectations and job matching