Austria´s economy is running quite well and also the rate of unemployment shows one of the lowest numbers in the European Union. Although a recent research, where Austrian companies were interviewed, shows that companies are facing a lack of skilled workers in the average of 30% of the required jobs. So which branches are most affected on this shortage of skilled workers?
The most affected jobs are found in tourism and gastronomy, like for instance Austria is depending on foreign workers in many touristic areas in the summer and winter seasons. Furthermore there is also a shortage of workers in the nursing sector, especially because of the eldering population the need of workers in this area will increase in the next years. Moreover companies in the field of construction have also problems to find enough qualified workers in Austria.
Reasons for this upcoming trend are on the one hand insufficient professional skills or specialization and education that is not up to date. And on the other hand we find reasons like for instance missing labour motivation.
How can Austria react on this lack of skilled workers? First of all the general professional education should be improved and it should be easier for workers to achieve qualifications afterwards as additional qualifications. Furthermore companies should be more aware of advanced training of their employees. And Austria should improve the strategy of bringing skilled foreigners to Austria to work there.