COVID-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses. NORTH MACEDONIA
At the invitation of the Economic and Social Council in North Macedonia, the International Labour Organization and European Banks for Reconstruction and Development Task Force conducted the assessment “Covid-19 and the World of Work: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses – North Macedonia”. The findings show that the decline in working hours during the second quarter of 2020 is equivalent to the loss of 85,550 full-time jobs. When gender and age-related vulnerabilities are taken into consideration, 49 per cent and 59 per cent of total employment falls within medium-high and high-vulnerability sectors, respectively. Nearly 62 per cent of all employers and non-employer enterprises in North Macedonia are in hard-hit sectors. Nine sectors that have been strongly affected by the crisis also display elevated labour vulnerabilities with 40,000 jobs at immediate risk. The report discusses many policy recommendations for the country and proposes measures and approaches that are likely to be effective as the situation caused by the Covid-19 crises is ameliorated.