Maxime Ladaique, Manager of statistical resources in the Department of Labour and Social Affairs - My number is 14
I studied applied statistics in France and social statistics in the UK. At the OECD I work on data management, analysis and dissemination for various labour market and social policy projects. I enjoy juggling with numbers and above all making them shine!
My number: 14
14 indeed came up recently as an OECD average on three key social indicators I work with:
14% of the OECD youth population (15-29 years-old) are not in education, employment or training, so-called NEETs;
with an average relative poverty rate of almost 14%, youth (18-24 years-old) have a higher poverty risk than any other age group;
14% is also the average gender wage gap: women (full-time employees) still earn 14% less than men. Gender gaps persist.
I actually feel close to many numbers, and I stand ready to replace my number 14 to “14 minus 1, 2 or more” in the coming years, meaning that OECD countries will have put in place policies to bring these 14% down, of which: fighting early school leaving, improving the quality of vocational training and working more closely with employers to create apprenticeships, greater transparency on pay, better access to quality early childhood education and care, encourage fathers to take parental leave, increase subsidies or benefits for childcare or to introduce or expand free childcare.
What I particularly appreciate about the OECD (what could we do better)?
I believe in the power of numbers: a number is sometimes worth a thousand words. At the OECD, statistics are the raw material of the Organisation. They help us define, observe and better understand our economies and societies; they are essential to design better policies for better lives.