I-LINC Benchmarks 2017
With each annual update I-LINC tries to highlight changes and/or the evolution of benchmarks. This document presents the 2017 update on the benchmarks identified previously.
Following the issues presented from various existing studies and reports related to youth employability and entrepreneurship, it is visible that in terms of digital skills the average percentage of individuals with basic or above basic digital skills is over 50% of the population throughout the EU, while with younger age groups this percentage is on average over 80%.
Concerning employability, it seems that following the increasing trend of youth unemployment from 2008-2013, the unemployment rate between 2014-2016 has been decreasing in nearly all countries. Furthermore, according to Eurostat there is a further reduction also in terms of the number of early school leavers across all Member States.
Self-employment and entrepreneurship, unlike employment is seen to be decreasing for young people in the European Union, from 3,016,900 people in 2008 to 2,625,800 in 2016, a decrease of 391.100 people. This trend is different for Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Luxembourg, France, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as the number of self-employed youth increased during the same period.
Finally, when looking at inclusion there is a feeling across 20 of the 28 member states that youth have been marginalised by the economic crisis from social and economic life, according to the Special Eurobarometer on European Youth in 2016.