Unobtainable workers, with Recovery the alert grows

Businesses have difficulty in finding workers and employees and, at the same time, there are many unemployed. A paradox that risks expanding with the National Recovery Plan financed with European funds. Poor training but also undeclared work and low wages weigh

Many Italians looking for a job and many companies that are unable to find employees. A longstanding contradiction that now seems to become more troubling because Europe has given us a mountain of money to put the economic recovery into practice and if there are not enough engineers, plumbers or IT, construction sites and other projects will slow down or run the risk of standing still.

We cannot afford to march in fits and starts given the commitments made with Brussels and after the collapse of last year due to the pandemic. There are several signs that put us on alert. Take, for example, the Environment chapter, the one that, between the Recovery Fund (the heart of European aid which is worth 191.5 billion) and other Community and national resources, will enjoy almost 70 billion euros.

With all this money, it is estimated, 2.4 million employees will be needed but of these almost a third will be lacking or will be difficult to find: 740 thousand fewer workers on appeal, according to Censis-Confcooperative forecasts.

Problematic situation also for construction. For the Infrastructure strictly speaking, there are more than 30 billion in loans, but there would be a shortage of 250,000 among electricians, truck drivers, skilled workers and other professionals, with a shortage of personnel in this sector, which has been felt for a few months in due to the restart after the anti-Covid restrictions and to the boost of the superbonus for restructuring.

Istat also tells us that companies have problems: in the second quarter of this year, the shortage of manpower was higher than that recorded before the Coronavirus crisis and the vacancies, shot up to a percentage never recorded since (2016) this phenomenon was studied.

In short, there are difficulty in bringing job seekers and those offering it together in a country where study and training courses are not always in step with the times, but also where people continue to work illegally and wages, in many sectors, remain low.