Vacancies of any kind are currently hard to find, the job market in the developed world has not been as bad for decades and in countries like Spain and Italy, the number of jobless youth is as high as 30-40% in some places. This highlights a new form of discrimination, age discrimination but relating to the young, since age discrimination is traditionally associated with detriments suffered by older people. With younger people, it is now that they can’t get a job because they don’t have any experience, but how can you get experience unless you are given an opportunity, so there is a vicious circle created.
Of course, a job market, like all markets is a fluid thing and there is always a “bull market” somewhere, as the saying goes. As an example, in the legal sector, personal injury claims numbers have rocketed as the public become aware of their rights to make accident claims, but being honest, as solicitors in Southend or solicitors in Coventry will tell you, there has also been a high level of fraud, since the number of accidents has remained static or even in decline, whilst the number of claims has increased hugely. In response to the this, the legal system has been blamed and even solicitors. This is probably partially unfair, as unfortunately, there are many other examples where the public’s attitude to bending legal rules and following a consumerist agenda means that moral standards slippage may well be at the heart of the problem.