Employment outlook for next six months positive, staff shortage an issue

Ljubljana – The outlook for employment in the second half of the year is positive, as employers have forecast a 3.2% increase in the number of employees, the highest growth since 2014, and plan around 43,000 jobs. On the other hand, discrepancies in the labour market are increasing and employers are finding it difficult to find staff.

These are the results of the latest survey on employment outlook by the Employment Service, in which more than 3,000 employers with ten or more employees from all around Slovenia took part in April and May.

The most positive outlook regarding the employment trends is in construction and hospitality industry. “In the next six months, the most sought-after will be drivers of heavy cargo vehicles and semi-trailers, masons, welders, workers for simple work in manufacturing, and sales and warehouse staff.”

More than half or 54.1% of the surveyed employers faced a shortage of suitable candidates for employment over the past six months, the Employment Service said, noting that this share was 80% among large employers.

Almost 55% of the participating employers expect problems in finding staff also in the next six months. Employers from the hospitality industry, healthcare, social care, transport and warehousing, and construction are concerned the most. More than two-thirds of them are expected to have have problems finding staff.