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Young People on the Labour Market: 2016

The data provided in this publication is extracted from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) ad hoc module carried out during 2016. The LFS is a household based survey and is used as a monitoring tool across the European Union for assessing progress made in various spheres of labour market and social statistics.

The LFS Regulation EC 577/98, together with Commission Implementing Regulation EC 459/2015, was the legal framework on which the collection of data on youths took place.

This publication presents a snapshot of youths aged between 15 to 34 years and identifies profiles by education, labour status and other social characteristics concerning youth. Two age groups are covered in the ad hoc module: 15 to 24 and 25 to 34 years.  The purpose for splitting youths into two categories is to bring out the different characteristics which they have.

All figures used in this publication can be found in Annex 1​. 

...   One in every four males and almost one in every three females aged between 25 and 34 obtained a high level of education.


... 79.9 per cent of youths aged 15 to 34 would not consider changing their place of residence to another country both within and outside the European Union for employment reasons.


... Most 25 to 34 year old males and females were employed as professionals at 22.3 per cent and 27.0 per cent respectively.


... The average basic salary for 15 to 24 year old employees was €10,878, 30 per cent less than that earned by the 25 to 34 cohort.


... The number of inactive persons between 15 and 24 years was four times more than that in the 25 to 34 age group.


... The reason for inactivity varied according to age group. Youths between 15 and 24 years were mostly inactive due to training and education (89.0 per cent) whereas the majority of 25 to 34 years old inactive had family and caring responsibilities (59.3 per cent).


... The main characteristics of youths’ work experiences forming part of the curriculum of studies were obligatory (83.8 per cent), longer than 6 months (68.8 per cent) and paid (56.2 per cent).​

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​The Labour Force Survey ad hoc module for 2016 has been partially funded by the European Union