Poor universities contribute to graduate unemployment. October 12, 2016 – Posted in: posts

wyksztalc_bezr_1In recent years we have been observing a phenomenon of unemployed graduates that have more and more problems in the labour market. It is a conclusion which is a result of analysis of unemployed structure in Poland.

The phenomena of incompatibility between courses and economic needs are mainly related to women than men. Is there any chance of reversing this adverse trend? In subsequent years there were first noticeable symptoms of improvement – especially in the case of men. Since 1999 a rate of unemployed female university leavers among all unemployed women has steadily been growing. At the beginning of 1999 the rate amounted to 2,7 percent, and by the end of 2014, it achieved 21,6 percent. At the same time, the rate totalled from 2,4 per cent to 11 per cent among men. It means, among others, that academic courses that universities offer do not meet the labour market’s needs. Besides, universities that act within competition take as many applicants as possible. Graduates overflow the job market. Among all working women, 37 percent of them are graduates (in 1999 it was around 13 per cent). Regarding men, it is 24 per cent (in 1999 – 10 percent). This situation led to a lively debate in the media at the end of 2013. Since 2002 there has been noticed a small decrease in the unemployment rate of male graduates. In the case of women, the rate grows slower. Only time will show if this positive trend remains.


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