Youth employment

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

The ILO's programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.


  1. News

    ILO to support Greece in boosting labour market policies and the social economy

    26 November 2015

    The ILO Director General today met with Greek ministers, worker and employer representatives in Athens to discuss the country's response to economic and unemployment issues.

  2. © Mick Ryan / Cultura Creative 2015

    Youth Employment

    UN Chiefs endorse Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    18 November 2015

    UN Chief Executives Board endorses Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, which ILO Director-General hails as exemplary system-wide effort for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  3. Vacancy announcement

    Evaluation Officer, Cairo - Taqeem Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment

    17 November 2015

    ILO Decent Work Team Office for North Africa

Key resources

  1. Youth employment crisis: ILO call for action

    In June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis. The resolution provides a portfolio of tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.


  1. W4Y Zambia country summary

    24 November 2015

  2. W4Y Uganda country summary

    24 November 2015

  3. W4Y Malawi country summary

    24 November 2015

Learn. Share. Connect.

  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

    Interactive on-line platform to engage young people and find solutions to the youth employment crisis.


  1. Event

    Technical Workshop on What Works for Youth Employment

    16 November 2015

    Jobs and Skills for Youth