In­suf­fi­cient skills sup­ply

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The skills that the Greek ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem of­fers the coun­try’s young peo­ple do not match the mar­ket’s re­quire­ments, ac­cord­ing to seven out of ev­ery 10 en­trepreneurs sur­veyed by Adecco.

The “Em­ploy­a­bil­ity in Greece 2016” sur­vey shows that a ma­jor dis­par­ity be­tween skill sup­ply and de­mand is in the abil­ity to take the ini­tia­tive, which 67 per­cent of en­trepreneurs deem from very im­por­tant to ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary. Only 44 per­cent of par­tic­i­pants in the sur­vey said can­di­dates ap­ply­ing for po­si­tions with their firms were able to demon­strate this par­tic­u­lar skill to a sat­is­fac­tory de­gree.

Em­ploy­ers are also dis­sat­is­fied with job can­di­dates’ abil­ity to find so­lu­tions to com­plex prob­lems: Only 46 per­cent of en­trepreneurs said the job­seek­ers they had com­mu­ni­cated with had this ca­pac­ity, while 76 per­cent con­sider it a very im­por­tant qual­ity.

An even more es­sen­tial qual­ity in can­di­dates is flex­i­bil­ity and adapt­abil­ity, which 94 per­cent con­sider vi­tal, but only 66 per­cent of can­di­dates demon­strate it to a sat­is­fac­tory de­gree.

On the other hand, three out of 10 job­seek­ers sur­veyed have now turned their ef­forts abroad, a rate that is two-and-a-half times that recorded in last year’s sur­vey. In the last cou­ple of years their main mo­tive hasn’t been im­proved salaries and job con­di­tions, but ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in­stead. cur­rently in­ter­ested in Thessaloniki Port: They are Dubai Port World, Mit­sui from Ja­pan, ICTS from the Philip­pines and Deutsche In­vest from Ger­many. The in­ter­est of APM Ter­mi­nals – con­trolled by Den­mark’s Maersk – ap­pears to have faded since last spring.

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