Specialised workers wanted. The shoe industry of Riviera del Brenta loudly reiterates the need to find skilled labour. It is doing so in a particular period, in which not only has this primary need not found a solution, but, to some extent, has amplified its effects. Those who are experienced and make their skills available receive avalanches of proposals and offers from companies. Companies, for their part, know that they cannot afford to hire an employee without specific knowledge and training. However, the lack of personnel is now threatening to slow down production and prevent the recovery from being fully taken up.
Specialised workers wanted
An old problem still without a solution. In Riviera del Brenta, as you can read in an article published by Il Gazzettino, footwear companies are once again hanging signs with job offers on their gates. The search is not for inexperienced workers, but for personnel of a certain level, given the quality of production and the number of jobs available. Among the most sought-after positions are: leather cutters, hemmers and shunting specialists. This shortage threatens to create a tilt. On the one hand, companies are seeing an increase in orders, an increase that was expected and hoped for, especially after two years of pandemic. On the other hand, however, the lack of personnel could jeopardise production, slow it down and make it impossible to meet delivery deadlines or to take them on.
Current and long-term problem
The difficulty is in the present, but the effects will also affect the future. To make up for the shortage of staff, companies are willing to make attractive offers to those who have these skills and put themselves on the market. These people are needed, and training them from scratch takes too long. But only to deal with today. Something is needed in perspective. Many of today’s specialised employees are retiring, but their departure from the labour market does not coincide with new entries. So, if the trend continues for a long time, the risk is to paralyse the model unless alternative solutions emerge.