2022 is the ‘European Year of Youth’ and we are going to focus on the world of work for young people and the effects that the COVID pandemic has had and continues to have on it. The transition from school to work can sometimes be complicated and the pandemic has made that transition even more tricky. How the world has changed for young people aged 15 to 29 in Europe to find work.
Anna Emilia Martin from Eurostat reveals that there are 71 million young people in Europe corresponding to 21% of the working age population and that a lot of them have atypical working schemes and work often outside the normal working hours.
Niall O'Higgins, senior economist from the International Labour Organization Agency highlights that there was a big shift towards working online and teleworking became the norm for a lot of people and young people actually have a much faster learning curve and have higher wage rates than older people in the world of digital work.
In a conversation with Jonathan Elliott on this topic, we find out what it means for young people who are transitioning from education to work.