The type and quality of work are important determinants of the long-term labour market prospects of young people. In this regard, it is worrying to note that around the world, many youth are trapped in low-productivity, temporary or other types of work that fall short of their aspirations and that often do not open opportunities to move to more permanent, higherproductivity and better-paid positions. Young people often go through a transition period, during which work, study, travel and other activities complement each other. although such a transition period by itself is no reason for concern, there are signs that youth in developed economies are increasingly trapped in non-standard jobs and the transition to decent work continues to be postponed. The growth of temporary employment and part-time work in the past decade, in particular since the global economic crisis, suggests that this work is increasingly taken up because it is the only option available