Employment ratio of young graduates in Europe

Malta, Germany and the Netherlands are the three countries of the European Union (EU) where a higher percentage of young graduates get a job.

This is indicated by the latest data provided by Eurostat. The study analyzes, for each European country, what percentage of young people between the ages of 20 and 34 who have completed at least upper secondary education during the last three years have managed to get a job.

In the case of Malta, the percentage is 94.5% of young graduates. In Germany, it is 90.9%, and in the Netherlands, 90.4%. A country that does not belong to the EU, Iceland, heads the global ranking with a ratio of 94.8%.

The average of the European Union stands at 80.2%.

Spain occupies the fifth place for the lower part with a ratio of 71.9%. In worse situation are Cyprus (71.5%), Croatia (65.9%), and with far lower percentages Italy (55.2%) and Greece (52%).

The Eurostat study also offers data on the evolution of this ratio between 2006 and 2017 for the whole of the EU and for each of the European countries. In the EU, the employment rate of young graduates has been improving in the last four years consecutively, from 75.4% in 2013 to 80.2% in 2017.

In Spain, the figures have also been improving since the lowest point that occurred in 2013, when the ratio stood at 59.9%. Since then, it has been improving year after year to reach 71.9% last year.