Special Report

Countries With the Best (and Worst) Jobs

The Countries With the Worst Jobs

10. Bangladesh
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs: 2%
> GDP per capita: $2,785
> Life expectancy: 70.7 years

Fewer than one in 10 adult Bangladeshi residents have steady, full-time employment — what Gallup defines as a good job — tied for the 10th lowest such share among countries reviewed. Like many other countries with few quality employment opportunities, Bangladesh is relatively poor. Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $2,785, compared to the U.S. GDP per capita of $49,725. Countries with relatively small shares of adults with steady or rewarding employment often have very low educational attainment as well. Only 17.1% of adults have the equivalent of a high school diploma, low compared to the rest of the world but relatively high compared with other countries on this list.

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9. Ethiopia
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs: 1%
> GDP per capita: $1,236
> Life expectancy: 63.6 years

Few low-GDP per capita economies are able to provide full-time, stable positions to a large share of residents, let alone jobs that are rewarding and engaging — and Ethiopia is among them. Less than one in 10 adults are employed in good jobs, and only approximately one out of every 100 adults has a great job. However, the quality of the job market may improve in the East African nation. Ethiopia’s GDP grew by 11.4% last year. According to the WEF, the country also rates as one of the more attractive nations to new employees of the current countries with the worst job opportunities.

8. Tanzania
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs: 1%
> GDP per capita: $2,285
> Life expectancy: 61.5 years

Only eight out of every 100 Tanzanian adults have a 30 or more hour per week job with a steady paycheck, and only one out of every 100 Tanzanians has such a job that is also fulfilling. About 28.2% of Tanzanians were living in poverty in 2011. The high poverty rate is likely linked to the scarcity of steady employment in the East African nation, and has also likely contributed to poor health outcomes. The life expectancy among Tanzanians of just 61.5 years is one of the lower such figures in the world. Despite low incomes and poor health outcomes, the Tanzanian economy expanded by nearly 8% in 2014, the 15th highest growth rate in the world. And the country may be on track to improve its workforce. The WEF rated Tanzania better than any other country on the bottom end of this list for its capacity to attract talent.

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