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Spain – Adecco CEO on youth unemployment and labour flexibility

09 October 2012

Adecco CEO Patrick De Maeseneire said that labour market mobility as well as professional flexibility could help Spain lift itself out of trouble, a country showing amongst the highest jobless rate in Europe.

In an interview with the newspaper Expansion, he said that youth unemployment in the region is a big concern to employers, saying employers tend to overlook young workers because they have little work experience.

“We need to make sure that young people get a job,” he said. “The big problem we are experiencing at the moment is youth unemployment. We have an obligation to rescue a generation.”

He said staffing firms play an important role in helping young people often find their first job and integrate them in the labour market. “This is our business and we need to make a profit, but we also believe in that social role of introducing people into the jobs market,” he said. 

He said that Spain cannot maintain the current level of unemployment. “You cannot accept a society where 25% of the population and 50% of young people are unemployed,” he argued.

Part of the solution is investing in areas that are facing skill shortages, such as in engineering and technology. He also urged jobseekers to increase job mobility and be more willing to move abroad for a job.  

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