WB highlights skilled workforce problem in Turkey

WB Turkey Director Martin Raiser cited the need for relatively higher numbers of skilled laborers along with an ongoing transformation in the markets that are undermining the country's potential to create more jobs.

WB highlights skilled workforce problem in Turkey

World Bulletin/News Desk

The lack of a skilled labor force, among other structural problems, remains a critical problem for the Turkish job market, hindering further growth, the World Bank (WB) said on Monday in Ankara.

The bank introduced its latest report on Turkish employment, prepared jointly with the country's Development Ministry, on Monday. Evaluating the report, WB Turkey Director Martin Raiser cited the need for relatively higher numbers of skilled laborers along with an ongoing transformation in the markets that are undermining the country's potential to create more jobs.

The report studied in detail the course of employment activities in Turkish markets from the 2009 global financial crisis to date.

For its part, the government provided details regarding the policies implemented to boost job creation amid the global financial difficulties.

The report notes that despite a remarkable recovery in employment during and following the 2009 crisis, high youth as well as female unemployment figures still continued, with low workplace productivity exacerbating the issue.

Raiser said on Monday that the government should not lose any time in offering incentives to help increase productivity among workers. The WB official said that Turkey has the opportunity to utilize its existing large population of youths, adding however that the right policies are needed in the right place to make progress in this regard.

Touching on the issue of directing the young to the right professions, Turkish Labor Minister Faruk Çelik also said on Monday that the government is aware of the potential risks of losing the young population potential to non-productive fields of work.

“We [the government] are committed to making the best use of our talented workforce in the right positions while also aiming to attract skilled people from abroad to study, work and manufacture in Turkey,” Çelik explained.

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