Education level and employment

According to statistical data, the education level attained has a strong impact on the employment rate.

The eight countries shown in the graph have very different overall employment rates – from 66% in Brazil to 78% in Germany.

However, on average, there are 15 percentual points in the employment rate between the ones who have upper secondary, non-tertiary and the ones who have an education level below upper secondary; and 10 points between tertiary and upper secondary.

The differences in employment by education levels are also very diverse in each country; in South Korea and Great Britain are smaller, while in Italy and France are greater.

#nostupidquestions: Is there a direct relationship between education level and employment, or is it mediated by a third factor, as the family’s social network? Has the relevance of informal work a role in reducing the employment level of the less educated? The huge “premium” on a higher level of education is given by the education system itself, or by the recruitment system?

Source: OECD (2021), Employment by education level (indicator). doi: 10.1787/26f676c7-en (Accessed on 15 October 2021)

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