Nine in 10 par­ents would urge child to work abroad

Kathimerini English - - Bussiness & Finance -

With job­less rates­soar­ing and the econ­omy in its third year of re­ces­sion, 95 per­cent of par­ents said that they would urge their chil­dren to head abroad to work, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

The sur­vey, put to­gether by Ste­d­ima Busi­ness Con­sul­tants, found that the re­spon­dents would en­cour­age their child to work in a west­ern Euro­pean coun­try, the US or Aus­tralia.

Next on the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion list are Balkan coun­tries and east­ern Euro­pean states, with lit­tle in­ter­est be­ing shown in the pos­si­bil­ity of work­ing in an African nation, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

As the coun­try’s fis­cal woes deepen and busi­ness sen­ti­ment falls to record lows, Greece’s grow­ing army of job­less work­ers jumped to 15.9 per­cent of the work­force in Fe­bru­ary, from 15.1 per­cent in the pre­vi­ous month, ad­vanc­ing for an eighth straight month.

Younger work­ers con­tinue to pay a hefty price for the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing la­bor mar­ket con­di­tions, with 40 per­cent of those aged be­tween 15 to 24 out of work.

The study also found that the prospect of work­ing for the pub­lic sec­tor has lost its shine.

Only 4 per­cent of re­spon­dents said that they see the gov­ern­ment as a likely work­place for their child, the study found.

The ques­tion­naire was elec­tron­i­cally sent to more than 600 peo­ple, con­sist­ing of salary earn­ers, self em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als, stu­dents and unem­ployed work­ers.

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