What Proportion of Croatian Students are Working While Studying?

Katarina Anđelković

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October 3, 2023 – The dynamics of the transition of young people from formal education to the labor market varies significantly among EU countries. These differences may be influenced by national education systems, availability of training, labor market characteristics, and cultural factors. What about Croatian students?

As Index writes, last year, 72 percent of young Europeans aged 15 to 29 did not work during the process of their formal education, Eurostat announced yesterday. 25 percent were employed, while 3 percent were available for employment at the time of the survey and actively seeking employment during formal education. The percentage of Croatian students working while obtaining their formal education was 8.3.

The Netherlands Leading With 73% of University and High School Students Working, Data for Croatia Unreliable

Despite the fact that a quarter of young Europeans are employed during their studies, these statistics mask significant national differences. At the national level, the highest proportion of young people employed during formal education was recorded in the Netherlands (73%), Denmark (52%) and Germany (45%). In contrast, Romania (2%), Slovakia (5%) and Hungary (6%) reported the lowest shares.

Eurostat states that 8.3% of Croatian students and high school students are employed, while 90.9% of them are not looking for work. They do note that data for Croatia is unreliable. 0.9 percent are looking for a job, but cannot find it.

Highest Percentage of Students Looking for Work in Sweden

The highest percentage of young people in formal education who were also available for employment and actively looking for work was recorded in Sweden (13%), Finland (7%) and the Netherlands (6%).

In contrast, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Croatia, Poland, and Lithuania had less than one percent of 15-29-year-olds seeking employment. At the same time, they had the highest shares of students who were not part of the labor force.


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