IDA management level members: Hard to find qualified employees
Oprettet den: Monday, 28. November 2016 - 14:24 / caf
The lack of highly educated professionals with a technological and natural scientific profile haunts Danish companies. This is the only way to read a new IDA survey saying that seven out of 10 managers have had problems recruiting the right competencies during the last two years. More than half – 55 per cent – claim that the issue is concerning recruiting the right employees. 22 per cent say that the main challenge is keeping their knowledge workers. This shows a significant bottle neck problem, and that worries Juliane Marie Neiiendam, the Chair of the IDA’s Employment Council.
“We have seen a lack of professional competencies related to technology and natural sciences for a long time now. The unemployment rate is low and has been for a long time. That is of course positive for the individual member, who is in high demand with companies. But it is bad news for Danish business life as a whole. We run the risk of not being able to deliver on the high ambitions related to increased growth for the good of everybody, says Juliane Marie Neiiendam.
And that claim is not taken out of nowhere. In the survey, almost one third of all managers – 30 per cent – say they close gaps of competencies by stepping in themselves. 24 per cent say that they draw on competencies from other parts of the organisation, while 23 per cent had to hire consultant from outside the business. All of these solutions are short-sighted and cost a lot of money.
One in four say that they also invest in their employees and make sure they continuously educate themselves to meet the professional demands.
”It is good to hear that one in four educate their employees and add new knowledge to e.g. newly graduated staff, which is the only group that really are present in the unemployment rates,” says Juliane Marie Neiiendam.
But the situation is serious when 17 per cent say that they have had to cancel orders and 13 per cent have outsourced jobs because they did not have the necessary technical and natural scientific brain power. This means that Denmark is missing out on growth and work places.
”For years we have warned that the shortage of technological and natural scientific knowledge workers is a barrier for growth and prosperity and that we risk sending jobs out of the country. Now this scenario is reality all the while politicians are closing downs the green card scheme and cut down on resources spent on the education system and scientific research. It does not make sense. We need to remind ourselves that these bottle neck problems are not purely a Danish phenomenon. We are competing with our surrounding countries in order to attract the brightest talents,” says Juliane Marie Neiiendam.
Last year, an analysis made by Engineer the future showed that Denmark will have a shortage of 13,500 engineers and natural scientific candidates in 2025.