Countries that are seeing strong job growth are not seeing an increase in the number of quality jobs, while nations that are facing higher levels of unemployment are seeing an increase in quality jobs at the upper end of the income spectrum.
An International Labor Organization (ILO) study compared “job quality” and job creation by measuring “average wages, benefits and hours worked, and job creation, between 2007 and 2011.”
According to the ILO report, countries like Germany and Israel have reduced unemployment by adding lower-quality and part-time jobs.
On the other hand, countries such as Spain, Ireland, and the United States saw “an increase in the average quality of their jobs,” but that was mainly because of higher unemployment.
As the Washington Post noted, the ILO found that South Korea, Norway, and Poland experienced “both strong job growth and a boost in wage and benefits,” while “no one else seems to have figured out their secret.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Greece, battling a financial crisis, actually experienced a decrease in the average job quality while the nation’s “unemployment soared.”