Lack of competencies is a barrier for growth
Oprettet den: Wednesday, 8. March 2017 - 14:11 / caf
The lack of candidates with a technological or natural scientific background is a barrier for growth. This is the clear signal from the senior executives in IDA’s Executive Panel. Almost 60 per cent of the executives are facing a year with organic growth and two out of three expect to increase their number of employees. This is very good news for everybody dreaming of economic growth and prosperity.
The only problem is that the lack of technologically and natural scientifically founded labour is clashing with these ambitions. The same survey shows that 59 per cent of the executives point out the need for engineers, it specialists and candidates with a natural scientific background as their biggest challenge.
The percentage of executives, who are facing this challenge, grows bigger as you zoom in on the segment expecting an increase in their workforce in 2017. In this particular segment, 69 per cent state that they see the issue around recruiting and retaining qualified employees as a significant barrier for their company’s growth.
“For years we have warned about the lack of technological and natural scientific candidates as a barrier for ambitions about creating growth and progress. Today, this scenario has become reality. At the same time, we see politicians making cut downs on education and science. It just does not make sense,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen, President of the Danish Society of Engineers, IDA.
”We cannot just conjure up the knowledge workers we so desperately need. We need to get those competencies from outside the boarders of Denmark and we need to remind ourselves that these bottleneck problems are not just isolated to our country. We are competing with our surrounding countries in the race for attracting the smartest profiles,” says Thomas Damkjær Petersen.
An analysis from the technological alliance Engineer the future shows that Danish companies will lack 13,500 engineers and graduates within natural sciences by 2025.