BUSINESS

Nine in 10 parents would urge child to work abroad

With jobless rates soaring and the economy in its third year of recession, 95 percent of parents said that they would urge their children to head abroad to work, according to a recent survey.

The survey, put together by Stedima Business Consultants, found that the respondents would encourage their child to work in a western European country, the US or Australia.

Next on the preferred destination list are Balkan countries and eastern European states, with little interest being shown in the possibility of working in an African nation, according to the survey.

As the country?s fiscal woes deepen and business sentiment falls to record lows, Greece?s growing army of jobless workers jumped to 15.9 percent of the workforce in February, from 15.1 percent in the previous month, advancing for an eighth straight month.

Younger workers continue to pay a hefty price for the deteriorating labor market conditions, with 40 percent of those aged between 15 to 24 out of work.

The study also found that the prospect of working for the public sector has lost its shine.

Only 4 percent of respondents said that they see the government as a likely workplace for their child, the study found.

The questionnaire was electronically sent to more than 600 people, consisting of salary earners, self employed individuals, students and unemployed workers.

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