KOF Swiss Economic Institute

Europese topper: Denmark 1 ( )

Nederland: 5 ( )

België: 15 ( )

Aantal landen opgenomen in de ranking: 33


The KOF Youth Labour Market Index is quite self-explanatory. It measures the activity, working conditions, education, and transition to the labour market in a country based on the (long-term) youth employment, NEET-rate (Not in Employment, Education or Training), temporary contracts, involuntary part-time workers, atypical working hours, in work at risk of poverty rate, vulnerable employment rate, formal education and training, skills mismatch, and relative unemployment rate. Most recent figures are for 2016.


We owe our disappointing results to our fluctuating performance. Belgium protects its younger workers against atypical working hours and in-work poverty, even better than the Netherlands (4) or pack leader Denmark (1). However, in virtually every other regard our education and labour market policies fall short and even fail our youth. Especially (long-time) youth unemployment, NEET-rate and temporary contracts explain our 15th rank. This places us in the middle of the pack, although we jumped 5 places compared to previous edition.

Filippo Pusterla, “How Active Are Youth? The Interplay between Education, Youth Unemployment, and Inactivity”, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, KOF Studies, 2017

Year 2015
1 Denmark
2 Switzerland
3 Austria
4 Germany
5 Netherlands
6 Lithuania
7 Estonia
8 Norway
9 Iceland
10 Latvia
11 Slovenia
12 Luxembourg
13 Finland
14 Czech Republic
15 United Kingdom
16 France
17 Poland
18 Hungary
19 Turkey
20 Belgium