Friday, June 21 2024

9 in 10 businesses can’t find staff in Greece

Staff shortages are a problem not only found in sectors with seasonal activity, such as tourism and catering, but horizontally and vertically across all economic activity. Indicatively, a survey by the Greek Exporters Association (SEVE) has shown that nine out of 10 enterprises are looking for employees.
The number of companies that took part in the survey was 118, while the results showed that finding human resources is a major problem and a cause of concern for Greek companies, whether they are very small, with up to 10 employees, or slightly larger with 11 to 50 employees, medium-sized companies with 51-250 employees or large ones with more than 251 employees. 
Companies are seeking not only experts in emerging technologies but also master’s-degree holders from top universities, as well as high school graduates who are competent craftsmen.
The vast majority of businesses consider the mismatch between supply and demand to be a very serious issue and blame it on a lack of specialization and training.
Although the survey does not provide a qualitative analysis of the results, which would provide a first answer to what needs to change in order to address the problem, SEVE points out that on the one hand, a better and more effective connection between educational institutions and businesses is required, as well as the strengthening of technical education and an emphasis on professions of the future, and, on the other hand, the reduction of non-wage labor costs. 
Wage costs in Greece are low compared with most other EU member-states, even in dynamic and growing sectors.