Spain reduces the number of ni-nis

During the last few years, Spain has witnessed the increase in so-called "ni-nis", young people who neither study nor work. However, it seems that the situation is starting to improve and Spain sees how its "ni-nis" reduced. However, there is still a lot to be done to reach the 10 percent limit, a percentage in which some countries of the European Union such as Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and Iceland remain.

23% of "ni-nis"

According to the 2016 Panorama of Education report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Spain, the number of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who neither study nor work has been considerably reduced. If in 2014 this percentage of the population stood at 26%, in 2015 this figure was reduced to 23%.


Three percentage points less that show that in Spain the situation of these young ni-nis, who neither study nor work, is something better. In fact, these data improve if we add the update that has been made by the Ministry of Education that figures in a 19,4 % the population of these ages that neither studies nor works. According to this body, OECD data have only valued the first trimester of 2015 and the rest of the year these data have improved.

Of course, it is still far from those of 2005, when the economic crisis had not begun. In that year the 'ni-nis' accounted for just under 16% of young people in between 15 and 29 years old. The reduction of these figures has made Spain already ahead of other countries in our environment such as Greece, with 26.1%, or Italy, with 27.4%. In addition, if the data of the Ministry of Education is taken into account, the difference with other countries France is not so much, since the Gallic country has a 17.2% population "ni-ni".


There is still work to reduce the number of ni-nis

But before the undeniable improvement of the situation of the 'ni-nis' in Spain, we must remember that we must continue working. The data of our country is still far from the OECD average which is situated in a 14,6%. Both the numbers contributed by this agency and those offered by the Ministry of Education are far from this percentage, a proof that we must continue working in this regard.

In fact, European countries like Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg Y Holland keep 'ni-nis' figures below 10%. A goal that Spain aspires to reach in the coming years and the reduction of this sector of the population in 2015 gives reasons to think that this objective can be achieved.

Language learning to find a job

According to a study carried out by Adecco, a leading consultant in the Human Resources sector in Spain, in collaboration with Infoempleo, the 32% of offers of employment that are published in our country specifies the need to know, at least, a foreign language. But only the 51% of Spaniards dominates another language, a level below the European average, 66%, according to Eurostat data.


However, knowing another language increases the possibilities of hiring. Specifically, the probability of being chosen for a job increases by 30% thanks to the command of another language. However, despite the importance of these skills to qualify for a job, Spain is the third country in the European Union with fewer adults between 25 and 64 years old who speak at least one foreign language, second only to Hungary and Bulgaria.

Damián Montero

Video: Tertulia económica: Los ninis le cuesta al Estado 16.000 millones - 22/10/12


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