Exploring the diversity of NEETs

Published by Eurofound, the report emphasises the importance to focus on the specific needs of different groups of young people who are NEET (young people not in employment, education or training). The report, which is accompanied by a country by country overview, presents an up-to-date picture of the situation of NEETs in the EU and includes an analysis of NEET rates over time, the gender composition of the NEET group, educational attainment, and risk of social exclusion. With regards to the current status of NEETs, it shows that fewer than one in three NEETs across the EU are short-term unemployed, more than one in five are now long-term unemployed and roughly the same proportion are NEET due to family responsibilities, or due to illness or disability. The report examines the NEET indicator and uses EU Labour Force Survey data to disaggregate the NEET population into seven subgroups, providing an analysis based on the data available for each subgroup and describing the composition and characteristics of Europe’s NEET population at both EU28 level and in each Member State. The report shows that the composition of NEETs varies greatly across Europe and argues that a comprehensive effort is needed to understand the diversity of NEETs as the various subgroups within the NEET category have very different characteristics and needs.

Country by country overview: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef1602en2.pdf