Lack of skilled workers in Europe
- 2. 02. 2018
In this article, the German economy in East Central Europe warns of a serious shortage of employees. Particularly critical is the situation in the Czech Republic, the country with the lowest unemployment rate in the EU, where employment is virtually full. „As desirable as low unemployment is: the skills shortage endangers the growth of our companies,“ says Bernard Bauer, Managing Director of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Prague. „The situation is similar in the other countries of the so-called Visegrád Group, in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. This shows the other side of the good employment situation, which is also evident in parts of Western Europe.
The shortage of skilled workers is one of the biggest and fastest growing obstacles in the current chamber surveys. „The situation has deteriorated dramatically,“ says Gabriel Brennauer, Managing Director of the German Chamber in Hungary. Three out of four respondents were dissatisfied with the availability of skilled workers. The biggest losers were the large export-oriented industrial companies.
This is particularly evident in the automotive industry. No other country in the world produces so many vehicles per thousand inhabitants as Slovakia, and Jaguar Land Rover is currently building a new plant in Nitra. „The manufacturers are recruiting each other’s people, and they can make correspondingly high demands,“
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