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Nurses and midwives: overworked, underpaid, undervalued?

May marks both International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day – two groups of workers that play essential roles in any healthcare system. However, both professions – which are dominated by women – are characterised by long hours and low pay. So, what can be done to improve working conditions and help nurses and midwives deliver the best quality care to patients?

Only half of workers worldwide hold jobs corresponding to their level of education

Over the years, considerable effort has been invested in improving the educational attainment of people worldwide, especially as part of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the enormous progress achieved in raising levels of education, especially among women and girls, has not translated into corresponding improvements in labour market outcomes.

Measuring skills mismatches

This course focuses on measuring skills mismatches and imbalances from both the demand and supply sides. The course will highlight the latest guidelines developed by the ILO with regard to measuring skills mismatches, while also emphasizing the SDG and the decent work indicators framework.

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