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27% of Albanian employees are overqualified for the work they do

27% of Albanian employees are overqualified for the work they do

Nearly 40% of Albanian salaried employees have a level of education that does not match the work they do.

Data from the European Survey on Skills and the Labor Market in Albania show that almost one in three (27%) Albanians report that they have a higher education than what their workplace requires, while more than one in ten ( 12%) say they are underqualified for the current job position.

Men are slightly more likely (28%) to indicate that they have a higher education than what the workplace requires than women (25%).

Respondents aged 25-34 and 55-64 are also more likely to say they are overqualified than average-aged workers – 32% and 37% of those aged 25-34 and 55-64 say they are overqualified versus one in five among middle-aged workers.

Almost a third (34%) of respondents with a low level of education indicate that they are overqualified for the work they do, while only 14% of those with a higher education think this way.

One in five (20%) of those with a low level of education say they have less education than their workplace requires, compared to one in ten (10%) of those with a secondary education and 6% of those with higher education.

The highest percentage of overqualified workers can also be found among those who hold semi-skilled positions (41%), this is the case of 28% of manual workers, 23% of those who work in basic occupations and only 12% of those working in skilled occupations.

About 31% of those employed in services consider themselves overqualified for their work, 27% of workers in agriculture or industry and 19% of those working in the public sector, education and health.

About 32% of workers who use their knowledge and skills to a small or no extent indicate that they are overqualified compared to 24% of those who use their knowledge and skills to a moderate or great extent.

Almost one in three (31%) respondents in Albania report that their job requires higher education (compared to 38% in the EU27 and 26% in the Balkans).

A similar proportion (34%) say their job requires a lower secondary education or below, compared to one in five (19%) in the EU and the Balkans (20%).

Most Albanian employees work in jobs that require a field of study of their own or similar./B.Hoxha

This article was published by Monitor.al and reposted by Tiranapost.al