In 2014 only 86.0% of graduates managed to find employment or continue their studies at postgraduate level, compared to 90.5% in 2010 according to the statistical report "Education in Uzbekistan-2015", released by the State Statistics Committee.
Most significantly the competitiveness fell in Navoi region by15%, Karakalpakstan by 14%, Ferghana region by 9.8%, Tashkent region by 5.8%, and in the capital by 5.3%.
However, the situation is not the same everywhere, there are regions in which statistics show increase of the competitiveness of graduates. For instance, in Syrdarya region, numbers grew by 9.5%, in Kashkadarya region by 4.5%, Namangan region by 3.6%, in Jizzakh and Khorezm regions by 1.2%.
The specialists note that the situation has developed in the last five years, and these positive employment results are largely dependent on the opening of new manufacturing enterprises and businesses in the country.
Cabinet of Ministers has expressed its intention to ban the employers from contracting new graduates.
This will affect first time work prospects for the graduates. There are plans to legislate and provide other guarantees of employment for university graduates who are entering work for the first time.
However, this provision will be introduced, if Parliament passes a new law, which is to be developed this autumn and has been initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers.