Timisoara is facing a huge shortage of manpower, especially in the areas of software and automotive related causes for the low number of graduates in the local market, potential employees’ reluctance to relocate to other cities or even high levels of migration to neighboring countries, specifically cities in west, according to Smartree.
“Although in Timisoara there are renown faculties such as West University or Polytechnic University, the growing number of investors who have entered this geographic area, with activities in the fields of software or automotive are facing lately with a shortage of labor, a situation found in other major cities,” says Raluca Penes, HR coordinator, Smartree.
Whether we talk about specialists or middle-level employees, or even entry-level, labor shortages in Timisoara can be a problem for employers with big plans in Romania, who are facing further efforts to attract candidates from other cities.
“Apart from reasons related to the wages or the smaller number of graduates compared to the needed figure, an important cause of the lack of candidates in the local market is their migration towards neighboring countries, a widespread phenomenon in the Western part of the country,” also mentions Raluca Penes.
According to Smartree specialists, a solution to this problem would be to attract labor from the eastern part of the country, where the standard of living is much lower than in the West, and the chances of finding a job, especially in certain villages, is almost zero. Also, there is the possibility that employees to commute daily from nearby cities, such as Arad and Oradea, so that the major employers in IT and automotive don’t need to relocate them anymore.
“We have already noticed this trend of relocation, especially for unskilled workers. But even in such situations we can face refusal from candidates, who prefer a lower standard of living than their relocation. There are such projects in the market, even by working directly with municipalities, thus employers with direct access to groups of unemployed who constitute potential candidates for open positions,” also says she. Also, commuting from other cities is possible.
“There are companies, especially large factories in the automotive, asking for commuters, namely providing transportation for employees who live in other cities, communes or villages in the area, if the distance is accessible”, says the HR specialist.
However, in order to attract employees from other countries, companies should provide various benefits to help the candidates to take the decision of relocation easier and be convinced that make the right choice.
“First, employers must provide accommodation and transport costs if the recruitments involve relocation of employees working in the production units. In addition, companies could relocate employees with their families”, says Raluca Penes.
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