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CNV’s appeal does not sound very realistic

Published on: 5 March 2018

Mid-January, the CNV made an appeal to the industry: ‘give priority to your own skilled workers’. A fine objective, but one that shows that the CNV is not firmly rooted in the present.

Last months’ estimates and research showed this unanimously. The shortage of labour is the biggest bottleneck for employers. According to recent studies of the UWV, the impact on operational management and corporate growth is significant. The Dutch economy is on the rise, a lot more than was initially thought. The last forecast of The Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) shows a growth of 3.1% in 2018. The demand for staff has increased because of this, in particular the demand for flex workers.

Unemployment figures are rapidly declining and were at their lowest point in eight years at the end of 2017. In the same estimate of the DNB, this number will fall to 3.9% of the total labour force in 2018 and will reach 3.5% in 2019. The latter is lower than it was before the crisis. The percentage probably drops a little more than that, but the labour supply has almost reached its bottom. In addition, the growth of employment is much faster than the growth of the remaining labour supply.

In short: employers are desperately short of quality employees. With the number of unfilled vacancies at the moment, we have to be realistic. One of the solutions is to attract motivated and qualified employees from outside the Netherlands. And that is exactly what My Flexwork does.

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