|Discussion on World Development Report 2013: Job Offers|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:42|
The discussion on the World Development Report 2013: Job offers resulted in the conclusion that a new dynamics in the creation of productive workplaces is needed as a stimulus to economic development, which is a key challenge for the Macedonian and for many other economies in the world.
WB Director Jesko S. Hentschel underlined that the past few years saw the creation of job positions in agriculture, the public sector, and the retail sector in Macedonia. “Very few people were employed in the private the sector. The key question is what is going on with companies in the private sector,” said Hentschel, pointing out that job positions are estimated not only by their individual value, but the value for other job positions on the market and their contribution to the economy as a whole. Regardless of the fact that the emphasis most often lies on medium and big enterprises, it is the micro and small enterprises that contribute to the productivity in the development the most, said Hentschel. Ana Revenga, also a director in the World Bank, said that Macedonia must provide a three-fold increase in the development rate if it is to improve its level of employment. “The labour market is very static, i.e. there is neither removal of jobs nor creation of new jobs. In times of global crisis, the creating of jobs in Macedonia has slowed down significantly - the average creation of jobs in the Macedonian economy over the past three years has been 8,000 jobs per year. This is a very discouraging number, if one takes into account that universities ‘produce’ 10,000 graduates every year,” said university professor Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski. She said that more effort should be invested into improving the skills of recently-graduated students since analyses have shown that lack of adequate skills has been a complaint issue in 20 % of the employers.
Sources: Dnevnik; Utrinski Vesnik; Vest; Kanal 5; Sitel; Alfa; MTV1; MIA