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EU wants 78% of the employed population by 2030 – ZAP


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A recently published study shows that 35% of workers intend to change jobs in the next year. The European Commission will propose a target of having 78% of the European Union (EU) population employed by 2030.

According to a study conducted by Kaspersky, 35% of workers are thinking of changing jobs in the next 12 months. The reasons given for this willingness to change careers include receive a higher salary (49%) and maintaining a fair balance between work and personal life (41%), writes the Economic News.

Confinement and distance work are seen as the trigger for this decision, as they have more time to reflect on their future careers.

The pandemic has revealed the benefits of spending more time at home with the family, as well as pursuing personal interests and hobbies. And now, workers may want to continue to benefit from these opportunities, read the statement released by Kaspersky this Wednesday.

The study also shows that, after salary and personal comfort, looking for a job worthwhile job and that is even more significant is the third reason most cited by respondents (35%).

“By rethinking their desires and abilities, people will create a new working reality. Both when changing jobs and staying in current jobs, people will strive to maintain the benefits of remote work and in more comfortable environments, ”said Sergey Martsynkyan, from Kaspersky.

“But to achieve this, employees need to have the right attitude, learn to be flexible and work smarter,” adds the person in charge.

Brussels wants 78% of the employed population by 2030

The European Commission is going to propose a goal of having 78% of the European Union (EU) population employed by 2030, a reinforcement compared to the goal of 75% before the crisis generated by the covid-19 pandemic, this Wednesday was announced.

The announcement was made by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who the day before the official presentation of the action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, and participating in a party event, revealed the goal included in the document of having “ at least 78% of the population employed adult ”by 2030 in the EU.

Participating in a virtual conference on Employment promoted by the European People’s Party, the official stressed that the proposal that will be presented this Thursday contains “ambitious objectives in terms of jobs and skills”, which are also “clear and measurable goals”.

As far as the employability rate is concerned, it is then a question of a reinforcement in relation to the previous goal of having 75% of the adult population of the EU working.

“This is it [a meta de 78%] is possible if we increase the participation of women in the workforce and, for that, we need good schools and good childcare, which is also crucial for the next generation ”, said Ursula von der Leyen.

Together with the Social Pillar action plan, the community executive will also present on Thursday a recommendation on active and effective support for employment given the crisis generated by the covid-19.

According to data from the Community statistical office, Eurostat, until 2019 there was a “persistent increase in the employment rate at EU level”.

In particular, in that year before the pandemic, “the employment tax of people between 20 and 64 years old in the EU-27 it reached 73.1%”, This having been the“ highest rate recorded since 2008 ”, the year that served as an initial reference for the Europe 2020 strategy since it was before the last financial crisis.

In 2019, the EU-27 was thus 1.9 percentage points per year from its 75% employment target.

In Portugal, still according to Eurostat, this goal was exceeded in 2019 with an employment rate of 76.1% (the seventh highest in the EU), which compares with a percentage of 73.1% in 2008.

During his participation today in the conference promoted by the European People’s Party (his political family), Ursula von der Leyen also revealed that the action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights also foresees a goal to have, also by 2030, “At least 60% of all adults participating in requalification and requalification every year”.

The objective is that “the as many workers as possible receive training they need to thrive in an evolving work environment ”, concluded the leader of the community executive.

After the presentation of the proposed action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, on Thursday, it will be up to the Portuguese presidency to lead the debate and negotiate a compromise among the 27 that will make it possible to close an agreement in May.

One of the main priorities of the Portuguese presidency of the EU, in this first semester, is the social agenda, with the approval of this action plan for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights at the social summit scheduled for 7 and 8 May, in Porto.

Sofia Teixeira Santos Sofia Teixeira Santos, ZAP // Lusa


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