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Despite high Spanish unemployment, a study shows it's hard for firms to fill certain posts

  • Some 29 per cent of companies say that the main reason that they cannot find anyone to fill a vacant post is lack of experience

Although Spain has around three million unemployed, quite often jobs stay vacant because employers can't find the right people. A new study by Manpower Group on solving the talent gap has explained that the profile of professionally-qualified workers that is most sought after by firms is somebody with advanced technical studies but not necessarily somebody with a university degree.

Manual jobs go vacant

That's the case for electricians, carpenters, welders, builders, plasterers and plumbers. These are all manual jobs requiring a qualification and which are difficult to find people for in Spain, says Manpower.

The second hardest group to find are qualified production, operations or maintenance operatives.

In third place are professionals such as project managers, lawyers and researchers.

Overall, one in four companies say that every year it gets harder to find the right sort of people.

No experience or skills

As companies evolve, Manpower Group says in its study that finding candidates with the right combination of skills and experience is more important than ever, but it adds that its is becoming harder.

Some 29 per cent of companies say that the main reason that they cannot find anyone to fill a vacant post is lack of experience. Another 29 per cent say that the most important reason is lack of availability of candidates with the right skills.