OECD: Work – To develop talents you need to have a job

In the World Values Survey, a series of questions on attitude towards work such below was asked:

Attitude towards Work: To develop talents you need to have a job

There are 5 categorical answers: “strongly agree”, “agree”, “neither agree nor disagree”, “disagree” and “disagree strongly”. Selected OECD countries’s result is shown in 3 forms: a) the percentage (%) of people strongly agree with the statement, b) the percentage (%) of people strongly disagree with the statement, and c) mean score of the statement, by assigning value 5 for “strongly agree”, 4 on “agree”, 3 for “neither agree nor disagree”, 2 for “disagree” and 1 for “strongly disagree”. The graphs depicted the result are shown as below:

a) the percentage (%) of people strongly agree with the statement: “To develop talents you need to have a job”

Almost half of the French interviewee, along with strong 45.6% Turkish, 42.3% Hungarian and 37.9% people in Luxembourg strongly agree that in order to develop your talent, you need to have a job. On the other hand, only handful of Icelander (8.4%) and 9.7% Dutch strongly agree with the statement. May be they are counting on someone else to support those who dream to develop their talents?

b) the percentage (%) of people strongly disagree with the statement: To develop talents you need to have a job.

So 11.4% of people in Belgium, 8.0% Icelander and 7.0% of people in Luxembourg strongly disagree that to develop your talent, you need to have a job.

c) mean score of the statement. 5 for “strongly agree” and 1 for “strongly disagree”

On the average, people in Turkey, Portugal, Hungary and France think that to develop a talent, you need to have a job. On the end of another spectrum, only people in Netherlands and Iceland have their opinion shift towards disagreeing with that statement. However, most of the interviewee in the participant countries would agree that to this statement, judging from the average score (more than middle point 3).

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