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The number of people leaving their jobs to train marks a maximum in 2023

Date: October 1, 2023 Time: 18:59:28

Up to 150,200 people of working age were inactive in Spain by their own decision in the first quarter of 2023. with their expectations of salary, conditions or working hours and see opportunities for improvement in this way. This figure represents the maximum since the Active Population Survey (EPA) prepared by the INE began to ask this question, in the second quarter of 2020, after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic changed the plans of millions of workers around or of the world. Then, 145,600 citizens assured that this was the reason why they had terminated their last employment relationship, while in 2021 and 2022 the data did not exceed 130,000.

Now, the scenario is very different, many companies have left teleworking behind and employment has been reactivated in general terms -despite the bittersweet data noted up to March- however, the mentality of workers and candidates has changed. In this process, the incorporation of generation Z (born in the late 90s or 2000s) to the workforce cannot be ignored, to whom many attribute a different scale of values ​​in which mental health and rest occupy a priority place compared to extending the working day to win the approval of their colleagues.

Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are the ones who increasingly decided to quit their jobs to invest in their training. A total of 112,000 citizens in this age group were inactive until March for this reason, 7,600 more than at the worst moment of the pandemic, according to data compiled by the ine. In addition, it is striking that both in this age group and in the general scenario, each year there is a peak in the number of people who remained active after having made this decision in the first quarter, although that of 2023 is much more pronounced. . Contrary to what one might think at first sight, the same does not happen in the third term -in fact the number plummets-, when it is usual for regulated courses to start, which may indicate that more training is being used. short and specialized

The number of people who are inactive for this reason decreases as the age of the former worker increases and the jump is especially drastic when focusing on young people between 25 and 34 years of age. In the first quarter of 2023, only 32,800 said they had left their last job to further their training, 900 fewer than at the start of the pandemic. A pattern that can also be seen in the population between the ages of 45 and 54 and those over 55, in which this response is practically anecdotal, since the end of the contract is consolidated as the main reason or because of the one who ended their last employment relationship.

In general terms, the number of men in this situation is higher than that of women, there are 79,300 compared to 70,900. They are also more among young people, but the situation is reversed after thirty, there are almost a thousand more women in the 35 to 44 age range, while from 45 the number of men drops to zero from the last quarters of 2022 their training during their professional career, even if this means taking breaks in their career.

It is difficult to venture what the evolution will be, since it does not correspond to a specific situation in the employment market, the peaks recorded in 2020 and 2023 respond to two very different scenarios, despite the fact that uncertainty has come to set the tone of the economy and employment. In the first quarter, employment has been destroyed in both the private and public sectors, closing with 11,000 less employed than in December and adding a total of 103,800 unemployed. This fall has nothing to do with the one recorded then, when the number of employed was cut by more than one million, despite the fact that the number of unemployed only added 55,000 thanks to the implementation of the ERTE. However, both cases share the willingness of thousands of workers to invest a particular title in their education as a step to meet their job expectations.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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