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Samsung struggles to recruit in Slovakia

The recruitment process for Samsung Electronics’ new plant in Voderady near Trnava indicates that there is a shortage of qualified workers in Trnava County. Miroslav Lajčin, who heads production in the new plant, reported that despite daily recruitment efforts, the company has selected only 120 people so far.

However, the company plans to employ an additional 250 new workers by the end of the year. "Every week we organize job interviews in Trnava, Piešťany and Sereď, but we are having big problems filling vacancies," Lajčin explained.

He thinks that many people prefer to leave Slovakia and seek better-paid jobs in the United Kingdom or in Ireland.

On the other hand, the company could find many potential employees in eastern Slovakia; however, the salary that the Voderady plant is offering is not impressive enough to motivate workers from the east to commute to the west during the week.

Production launch is planned for March 2008. The company intends to produce one million LCD flat panels monthly, and to achieve a turnover of Sk80 billion. Construction is to be completed by the end of this year, which is also the deadline for trial production. The plant is to reach full production capacity in 2012. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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