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There are opportunities for the young with qualifications, education on Bulgaria labour market: minister (ROUNDUP)
Source: FOCUS News Agency

Asenovgrad. Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Demographic and Social Policies and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin participated in a social reception room event in the town of Asenovgrad, district of Plovdiv, on Tuesday, Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv reported.


The event was held at the initiative of Emil Karaivanov, who will run to become mayor of Asenovgrad for a second time.
According to Kalfin, there are at present over 3 million working people on the labour market in the country and a slight decrease in the employment rate was registered in September.
“Despite that the unemployment rate in the country is lower than the average in Europe,” the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy remarked.
The government’s efforts are mostly aimed at the so-called risk groups.
There some 47,000 registered unemployed people under 29 in Bulgaria.
There is a group of youths that does not find motives to register in employment offices. 
The reasons for unemployment vary but the main one is education – the prevalent part of unemployed youths have only secondary education or even do not have secondary education.
The percentage of school dropouts is also high, according to Minister Kalfin.
“There is a large group of young people that have very high expectations from the labour market and look for salaries of over BGN 1,000, which is also a problem. There are some 130,000 such people in Bulgaria. There are opportunities for young people with qualifications and education on the labour market in the country,” Ivaylo Kalfin assured.
It was said the municipalities played a main role in that.

According to Minister Kalfin, a big group of people out of a job on Bulgaria’s labour market are those in the so-called pre-retirement age – people aged 50 to 55.


The number of people officially registered in this group stands at 303,000.
It is hard for them to travel from one place to another and gain new qualifications.
The government is considering ideas to tackle the problems of this group of unemployed.
Minister Kalfin commented there was also European financing in Bulgaria but ideas lacked.
Another group comprised of people out of a job are people with disabilities.


“When the employment programmes for them expire, they again become unemployed. Employers that hire people with disabilities after the end of these programmes are stimulated but this is not the case in Bulgaria yet. That needs to change,” Ivaylo Kalfin urged.
He pointed out some 78,000 people had so far been signed the so-called one-day employment contracts over seasonal activity and this practice should continue.

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