Work­ers lack skills sought by em­ploy­ers

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

It usu­ally takes com­pa­nies in Greece more than a month to find the right can­di­date for a job, a pe­riod that of­ten stretches to over three months, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Adecco Greece.

Adecco’s fourth sur­vey on em­ploy­a­bil­ity in Greece, which records em­ploy­ers’ views on the la­bor mar­ket, showed that the ma­jor­ity of em­ploy­ers of­ten found that can­di­dates lacked the skills and abil­i­ties re­quired.

The sur­vey also de­tected a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in re­cruit­ing for at least one of their de­part­ments, reach­ing up to 70 per­cent of re­spon­dents, against 53 per­cent in the pre­vi­ous sur­vey in 2017.

Em­ploy­ers said the ideal can­di­date should demon­strate a strong work ethic, team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and flex­i­bil­ity. Ini­tia­tive is a skill whose im­por­tance ap­pears to be grow­ing by the year. The sur­vey found that the de­gree to which can­di­dates pos­sessed those skills and char­ac­ter­is­tics was be­low em­ploy­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. There­fore, it is a short­age of peo­ple with the nec­es­sary skills and lack of work ex­pe­ri­ence that are most fre­quently cited as ob­sta­cles to fill­ing job va­can­cies.

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