Almost one third of employers fail to fill vacancies

THE WORLD seems to struggle with unemployment, but about 38 percent of employers have trouble finding the right people for vacancies. In Slovakia, 28 percent of employers face this problem, a ManpowerGroup poll shows.

A plant needs labourers. Illustrative stock photoA plant needs labourers. Illustrative stock photo (Source: TASR)

This portion of employers confirmed that they fail to fill the vacant positions in the long term, while there is still a lack of people with the right profile and in the right time, ManpowerGroup informed on June 10.

“This is the so-called paradox of the labour market: employers search for other candidates than those who are available on the market, CEO of Manpower Czech and Slovak Republics, Jaroslava Rezlerová, told the TASR newswire.

Ireland reports the least problems in searching for the right employees (11 percent), followed by the UK, Spain and the Netherlands (14 percent each). The biggest troubles are recorded by Japan (83 percent), Peru (68 percent) and Hong-Kong (65 percent).

In Slovakia, mostly people with technology education are missing, with the list of jobs in shortage beginning with craftsmen, technicians, engineers, technology experts, drivers, or IT professionals. Also insufficient are professions like salesmen, accountants, but also hotel and restaurant staff. A new trend is an increasing lack of unqualified labour, like labourers or stock-keepers.

The most frequently stated reasons why the right people cannot be found are lack of experience (58 percent), lacking hard skills (55 percent) and lack of talent (52 percent). One quarter of employers cite lack of knowledge and 23 percent would welcome a better combination of soft skills.

Employers will either be forced to soften their requirements, or re-evaluate the approach towards human resources, Manpower marketing manager Jiří Halbrštát opined. He added that companies do not do enough to face the ever growing lack of talents: only 31 percent of firms offer continued development and training to employees, and a mere 30 percent try to find new sources of talents. Less than one third of them offer various alternative forms of work.

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