Do you know how many workers there are in the world and how much they earn on average?

Around half of the world population still lives on the equivalent of $2 per day (approximately €1.80), and in many places having a job does not guarantee being able to escape poverty.

To achieve sustainable economic development, societies must create the necessary conditions for people to access quality employment, stimulating the economy without harming the environment.


Data and numbers:

  • Global unemployment increased from 170 million in 2007 to almost 202 million in 2012, of which around 75 million are women and young men.
  • Almost 900 million workers – 1 in every 3 – lives below the poverty line on less than $2 per day.

In other words, there are 2.7 billion workers in the world, and more than one third earns less than €1.80 per day.


470 million jobs are needed globally for the people who will be joining the labour market between 2016 and 2030.

The continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investment and low consumption lead to erosion of the basic social contract underpinning democratic societies: everyone’s right to share in progress.

* Source: United Nations. www.un.org

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