According to the weekly financial newsletter of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Greece ranks amongst the highest in the percentage of employees considered overqualified compared to their job descriptions (28% vs 10%, which is the OECD average). The Federation also revealed that 41.4% (vs 39.6% for OECD countries) of employees work within a different field to that in which they studied.
The Federation found that Greece’s shortcomings in information technology related performances are noteworthy compared to other OECD member states. It appears that an unusually large proportion of the adult population in Greece lack significant skills in text comprehension (26.5%), mathematics (28.5%) and information technology (47.9%). “The country’s economy does not appear to be training its employees in the appropriate skills required by the job market: although both money and time are invested, the education provided does not lead to enhanced skills. A job market that evaluates typical qualifications instead of real skills goes hand in hand with an economy that seems unable to translate education into increased productivity – individually and collectively”, the Federation notes.
It is apparent that the lack of appropriate skills held by employees creates distortions in the job market. Since degrees alone are insufficient, training in Future Work Skills 2020 is necessary. The αriston project’s educational programmes fulfil this demand and are suitable for all ages, from the early age of 9 to the grand age of 99.
by Dimitris Diamantidis, New Media & Marketing Director, hyphen SA