Mechanics, plumbers, electricians and nurses: the Netherlands wants you

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Unemployment is likely to reach 6.5% next year, but there are still many jobs with a shortage of staff, the broadcaster NOS announced on Monday and cited figures from the national job center organization UWV.

In particular, there is a shortage of mechanics, nurses, electricians and specialist construction workers, NOS said. Software and app designers, transport planners and logistics experts as well as plumbers and pipe fitters complete the list of industries in which there is a shortage of skilled workers.

The UWV assumes that unemployment will continue to rise, but this will not affect sectors that require skilled workers. “These are all jobs that require special training,” said consultant Nicole van der Goorbergh to the broadcaster.

Earlier this year, the SER advisory body warned the government that more needs to be done to train people for jobs that need to be done. The government has also pledged to invest millions of euros in making healthcare more attractive.

“We represent dozens of construction companies and have at least 30 vacancies,” said Sander Gerdes from the road construction alliance Infravak to NOS. “I think teenagers choose to study which they think is fun, but you should also look at the employment prospects.”

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