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Around half of unemployed Ukrainians have higher education – State Employment Service

800,000 Ukrainians managed to find jobs through the State Employment Center in 2017
14:48, 24 January 2018

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Around half of the unemployed population of Ukraine have higher education, acting Head of the State Employment Service Valeriy Yaroshenko claimed, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

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“Around 45% of educated Ukrainians are currently registered with the service, while the figure in large cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhya is over 80%. In Kharkiv, for instance, 87% of those who have signed up have higher education. This indicates the abundance of manual work vacancies, whereas those seeking employment tend to be highly educated people. This imbalance hurts the opportunity for quick employment,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

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Yaroshenko attributes this to the fact that around 80% of secondary school graduates in Ukraine go on to enter universities, whereas only 20% receive vocational training.

“The situation is entirely different in Europe, where some 70% are qualified for blue-collar jobs and only 30% of people have higher education,” he said.

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Yaroshenko also pointed out that the employment database offered circa 33,000 in 2016, a number that skyrocketed to over 100,000 by the end of 2017.

The rules of work in our employment centers has been changed. Whenever somebody comes in to collect unemployment benefits, an administrator offers a number of available vacancies. This change has allowed us to employ some 45% of people. We have introduced electronic line, online interview, video resume that we send out to hiring employers, a video presentation of hiring businesses, and a hotline for dealing with concerns or inquiries,” Yaroshenko explained.

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He also said that there were about 33,000 vacancies in the employment database in 2016 and more than 100,000 vacancies at the end of 2017.

"We changed the rules of work in employment centers. When a person comes for unemployment benefits, our administrator offers vacancies. Thanks to this innovation, we managed to quickly employ about 45% of those who came to us. We introduced an electronic queue, on-line interview, video resume that we send to employers, a video presentation of enterprises, and a hotline," Yaroshenko said.

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Altogether, some 800,000 previously unemployed Ukrainians managed to find jobs with around 183,000 enterprises through the State Employment Center in 2017, which is 5% higher than in 2016. The number of unemployed Ukrainians registered with the service had dropped by 9% from the year before, while the number of people claiming unemployment benefits had shrunk by 10%.

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