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.

Latest

  1. BBC World Business Report

    Action needed to tackle global unemployment, says ILO Head

    20 January 2015

    Three million more people will join the ranks of the unemployed in 2015, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, told the BBC. The global economy isn't growing fast enough, he said, to create the jobs that we need. The BBC reports on new ILO figures from the flagship report: "The World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2015", which shows that more than 212 million people will be out of work by 2019, up from the current 201 million.

  2. Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Non-Standard Forms of Employment

    Report for discussion Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Non-standard Forms of Employment (Geneva, 16–19 February 2015)

    20 January 2015

  3. Publication

    At work but earning less: Trends in decent pay and minimum wages for young people

    19 January 2015

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 162

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.

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  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

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