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UK EURES Adviser tackles skills’ shortage challenge
In an average month Sam Stamenkovic, a EURES Adviser in the UK with Jobcentre Plus, responds to more than 400 requests for assistance from jobseekers, of which 80 % originate from other EU countries.
“In the current crisis, certain factors have an impact on our job placement strategy,” explains Sam. “For example, there’s currently a demand for chemical and electrical engineers, as well as senior care and social workers. Alongside that, there are high unemployment levels in many EU countries. This means that one day I might be helping qualified candidates from other EU Member States to apply for hard-to-fill vacancies in the UK, and on another, identifying skills shortages elsewhere in Europe for UK nationals keen to work abroad”.
Of the latter, Sam places between two and five job candidates per month. With regards to incoming jobseekers, his extensive local knowledge and links to local business and other job centres in the south of England produces equally good results. Since the end of last year, he has found placements for candidates of different nationalities and with diverse skills, including experienced Polish care workers; a Finnish linguist; a Portuguese engineer; a Greek pharmacist; a group of Hungarian cleaners; and a Slovenian bartender, now working in the cruise ship industry.
As a EURES Adviser, Sam is ideally placed to assist those interested in living and working in European countries other than their own. Every EURES Adviser can take advantage of a network of more than 850 colleagues, located in all countries participating in EURES. Each adviser specialises in and focuses on facilitating job mobility in Europe and now functions as the first port of call for more and more jobseekers.
“Keeping in regular contact with other EURES Advisers in the network and attending up to seven job fairs a year enables me to keep abreast of activities inside the UK and across the EU. Knowing about skills shortages and surpluses in other countries provides valuable information to help match up supply and demand”. An effective approach that allows for a more customised job placement service.