Staffing problems of European companies

The deficit of hands to work, changing jobs, or low levels of motivation are the main difficulties which have to cope personnel departments of european companies. Scale of the problem has not decreased, even the effects of the global economic downturn in 2008 and a sharp rise in unemployment across the continent.

In 2008, nearly 46 percent entrepreneurs in the EU complained of trouble in finding suitable candidates for the job. In Belgium, Bulgaria and France, it was more than 70 percent, while in Poland 42 percent companies. The greatest difficulties have indicated to the employer from such industries as construction, hotels and restaurants, as well as manufacturing companies, energy sector and operators of health care and social assistance.

Demand for employees is reported by the effect of fluctuations in HR. Problems with the maintenance of stable employment touched every tenth company in Europe. The business remained the most difficult situation in Romania and Bulgaria, where the rotation of touch over 20 percent. companies. A relatively stable situation was recorded while in countries such as Ireland or Sweden.

One reason for this fluctuation remains the question of motivation. The smallest level of commitment and willingness to work among employees acknowledged the employer from Hungary, Greece, Czech and Polish.


3 thoughts on “Staffing problems of European companies

  1. Maybe employers should not be that picky when they choose their employers. Most of the recruitment personal is searching for employees who are 21 year old, skilled, educated, flexible and just living for the company they work for. But nowadays people want to have a stable job and be able to have their own life beside it. For sure their are some very ambitious one who just live for the company, working 24/7 and ignoring their spare time. But in general workers do not want to live that life. So maybe employees and employers should find a middleway and meet themselves halfway. More motivation on the side of the workers and less pickyness on the side of employers.

  2. Maybe the employers are picky, that’s true. But I think that the employees, when they look for a job, should first think twice, before they will apply for it. I mean there are many jobs where you can work parttime and still keep your ‘own time’. But that’s not what they had in mind. They want a fulltime job ánd ‘free time for them selves’. That’s not how it goes, you just can’t have everything.
    Besides, there are also employees who want to work fulltime but apply for a parttime job, because ‘they couldn’t find one’.
    We shouldn’t only put the blame on the employers.

  3. If the situation is really so serious and nothing is changing, in my opinion the action has to be taken by employers, if on the labour market there is a lack of suitable candidates the employers has to be more flexible and tolerant in picking employees. If they are not skilled enough or they don’t have much experience companies should organize extra vocational training course and show exactly what they demand from the future candidates. I know that could take a bit of time but I’m also sure that it will be profitable for both sides.


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