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Samsung struggles to recruit new workers

THE RECRUITMENT process for workers for the new Samsung Electronics plant in Voderady, near Trnava, is showing a shortage of qualified workers in the Trnava Region.

The new plant's head production manager, Miroslav Lajčin, told the SITA newswire that despite daily recruitment efforts across Slovakia, the company has only hired 120 people so far. The company plans to hire 250 more new workers by the end of the year.

"Every week we organise job interviews in Trnava, Piešťany and Sereď, but we are having big problems filling the openings," he said.

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

Samsung could find a lot potential employees in eastern Slovakia, but the salary it is offering is not high enough to motivate people to work in western Slovakia during the week and travel home for the weekends.

The plant is expected to launch production in March 2008. Samsung intends to produce one million LCD flat panels a month, and to achieve an annual turnover of Sk80 billion (€2.4 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.

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