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Working-aged Spaniards 'very highly-qualified' - 6th in the EU and 14th in the world
By thinkSPAIN Team Thu, Sep 24, 2015
ADULTS in Spain are among the most highly-qualified in the world, according to recent research.
Out of 61 countries studied in the Institute for Management Development report by the Economic Studies Institute (IEE), Spain ranks 14th – a long way ahead of the UK, USA, Germany and France.
In first place came Finland, followed by Greece, Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands, in that order.
Ahead of Spain came the Philippines at number six, Australia, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Switzerland and Canada.
Italy comes 24th, or 10 rungs behind Spain, and the USA is 25th – both of them behind Russia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, and Korea (north and south), in that order.
The UK, at number 31, is beaten by Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Jordan and the Chinese-owned island of Taiwan.
Germany is in the lower half of the list at number 45, beaten by most of its European counterparts.
For example, Germany's neighbour, the Czech Republic, is in 33rd place behind Singapore, followed by Slovakia, Latvia, and Lithuania at 36 and Turkey at 42.
In between these are México, India, Indonesia, continental China (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan), and Qatar.
New Zealand at 43 and Colombia at 44 also score better than Germany.
Only Romania at number 48 – behind Thailand and Argentina – Ukraine at number 50, behind Japan, Austria, Hungary at 53 behind Chile, Bulgaria, and Croatia show worse results than Germany in Europe as a whole – and Estonia, which comes bottom out of the 61 countries.
Slightly better than Estonia is South Africa, behind Brazil; Venezuela is number 56 followed by Perú and Mongolia.
The study goes some way towards explaining the high number of job offers in Germany aimed at Spaniards, given the lack of qualified workers available in the latter and the surplus in the former.
This said, the report says despite Spain's high level of qualifications among the working age, very few have the 'competence and experience' needed to meet labour market demands.
The economic crisis means many Spaniards who would by now be midway through their professional lives and settling into a career they had forged for themselves have, in fact, very little real-life work experience or, at least, very little quality work experience.
But in ninth place in the European continent and sixth in the European Union, working-aged adults in Spain have already obtained more than sufficient underpinning knowledge, needing only to be given a chance, shown the ropes and provided the job security necessary to build up experience and confidence in their field.
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