Ensuring better job quality and working conditions by “flexicurity” (flexibility and security) policies is a European Commission priority in order to reduce unemployment rates. Although, policies to reduce segmentation have been insufficient as vulnerable groups (e.g. young people, temporary workers) have been hit the hardest by the crisis (Flagship Initiative “An agenda for new skills and jobs”, Communication from the Commission, 23.11.2010).
The main indicator considered here refers to underemployed part-time workers: the share of young people aged 15-24, who are in part-time work, wish to work more and are available to do so. It is complemented by the unemployment rate for 15-24 year olds.
Data originate from the EU Labour Force Survey and are subject to its methodology. Data were processed by Cedefop and extracted from the Eurostat online database on 19th January 2012. In interpreting the data, possible differences in national implementations of the EU LFS should be taken into account.
More information on the concept of underemployment can be found in Eurostat's 'statistics explained'.
There is a break in series in 2010 for the Netherlands. Data for some other countries are not presented either due to lack of availability or due to lack of reliability in the time series examined here.