More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by 23 per cent, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. 4th edition illustrates that the substantial and rapid increase in youth unemployment seen since February is affecting young women more than young men. In addition, the pandemic is also disrupting education and training, and placing major obstacles in the way of youths seeking to enter the labour market or to move between jobs.
There were around 267 million young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) worldwide. Those 15-24 year olds who were employed were also more likely to be in forms of work that leave them vulnerable, such as low paid occupations, informal sector work, or as migrant workers.
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder shares, “The COVID-19 economic crisis is hitting young people – especially women – harder and faster than any other group. If we do not take significant and immediate action to improve their situation, the legacy of the virus could be with us for decades. If their talent and energy is side-lined by a lack of opportunity or skills it will damage all our futures and make it much more difficult to re-build a better, post-COVID economy".
The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the International Labour Organization (ILO) brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.