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May, 2011 Issue Prepared by the UNECE Statistical Division, the UNECE Facts and Figures articles are based on data from the UNECE Statistical Database. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
VULNERABLE EMPLOYMENT IS COMMON IN THE UNECE REGION
24 June 2011
Vulnerable employment, measured as the proportion of own-account workers and contributing family members in total employment, ranges from around 6 per cent (for example in Denmark and Estonia) to around 30 per cent (in Romania). In the other countries of the UNECE region, the share of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment varies widely. Levels in the Russian Federation are very low but those in South-Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia are significantly higher. In Albania and Georgia they even represent more than half of all people employed.
In countries with high levels, shares tend to be higher among women than among men, while in countries with low levels, men have higher relative shares. The overrepresentation of women is highest in Turkey, while the reverse is most pronounced in Montenegro.
Full and productive employment and decent work for all is an essential target linked to the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. The share of these workers in total employment is therefore an important indicator to measure progress.
1/ Figures for Tajikistan refer to 2004, Estonia and Georgia to 2005, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine to 2006 and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR of Macedonia) to 2007.
Source: UNECE Statistical Database, Eurostat and national statistics, CISSTAT and national statistics