Strengthening the joint strategy against unemploymentAn addendum has been signed for the agreement with the Government of Catalonia to make employment policies in Barcelona more effective for the 2018-2019 period, with foundations being established for information to be shared.
The two administrations, through Barcelona Activa and the Catalan Employment Service (SOC) respectively, will be able to jointly consult and assess profiles of unemployed people according to criteria such as age, sex, qualifications and socio-economic level, to be able to match them with the most suitable offers available.
The coordinated management of data will involve a communication network which takes into account specific aspects of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods. The system will also enable an evaluation of the model used by people, as well as an analysis of the effectiveness of employment services in order to optimise the way profiles and job vacancies are matched.
The employment action plan has a budget of 41.6 million euros for 2018, eleven million of which corresponds to SOC subsidies, and includes programmes and action designed to get each person back into work and improve their skills.
The programmes, along with broader macro-economic factors, have achieved a labour insertion level of 54%, with contracts of a minimum of six months and wages of 1,000 euros a month.
According to figures for the second quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate in Barcelona dropped below 10% for the first time since 2008, the year when the crisis started. There are currently 70,000 people registered as out of work in the city, 25,000 less than in 2015.