Unlike for unemployment or employment, there is no international standard for the definition of NEETs. This in itself could hinder the job of
international advisers to countries on the new SDGs. Eurostat, the ILO and certain other organizations have adopted the following definition of the
NEET rate: the percentage of the population of a given age group and sex who is not employed and not involved in further education or training.
Studies ( Dale, 2010; DELNI, 2010; Coles et al, 2002) have identified the following demographic characteristics that are shared by young people who have become NEET:*
– are in care, have left care or who are on the edge of care (LAC),
– are carers,
– are young parents,
– have a physical disability/learning disability/chronic illness,
– have a mental illness,
– experience economic disadvantage,
– have experienced homelessness and/or lived in rented accommodation,
– have parent(s) who is unemployed or in unskilled manual occupations,
– Live in high unemployment areas, and
– Are members of some minority ethnic groups.