European Recruitment is Changing

A generation ago transacting business across national borders was almost unheard of outside of financial circles and only a few years ago it would be considered unusual but thanks to technology it is becoming an every day event as the world becomes a smaller place and different markets become more accessible.

Euro Zone Workers

Today European Recruitment  stretches further than just dealing with enquiries within the old European Union as 80 million extra workers were added from Eastern Europe in 2005 and the sound of Polish workers voices became common place on the high streets of Europe.

We are now looking at cross border transactions such as German transport companies using Polish workers to overcome skills shortages and to reduce costs.

Some skills shortages are international. The care sector is the best example with Australia permanently shopping in Europe for talent with a preference for those whose first language is English. Australia seems to be a bottomless pit for talent and providing applicants have certified trade skills or professional qualifications the demand seems endless. Irish emigration to Australia has stepped up as Ireland’s economy struggles and it becomes a bit like the Eastern European countries in that Ireland educates and trains the talent only to lose the best to the people with the biggest cheque book.

The Middle East has long been a strong recruiter from Europe albeit for soft skills such as teachers but things are quiet at present.

Competition will be intense as Japan will be looking to rebuild as well although recruitment is likely to be indirect through Australian and American main contractors.

The points to note is that a demand in Brisbane can as easily be fulfilled from Bristol (subject to visas) owing to instantaneous communications but international competition is only for the very best talent that has experience. With only one in three Australian jobs being advertised European Recruiters need to be on their toes.

Socially this leaves the Middle East, Europe and shortly India each with 100 million plus problems in terms of youth unemployment ¬†as long term unemployed and probably unemployable as they don’t have the required talents.This means prices will be chased higher increasing inflation and costs based on simple supply and demand. Both opportunities and threats for European Recruitment.




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