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The Fight for Manpower and Future Trends on the European Labour Market

EURES IS Mobility Conference, Keflavik, May 30th 2008.



Flughotel Icelandair Hotel

Hafnargata 57, Keflavík


Increased demand and competition for the highly skilled labour force is becoming more and more evident on the EEA labour market and is likely to be become one of its largest challenges in the next decades. Meanwhile the demographical trend is lurking as European nations are getting older. Another important factor is that in the globalised economy, the wheels spin faster and with increasingly fragmented production, structural changes are getting harder to detect. Employers wish to tackle an unpredictable economy by employing so called "super-workers".

This seminar marks the beginning of a new partnership on recruitment of skilled key workers, between EURES in Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Ireland and Capacent Search and Selection. The participating countries have during the past few years, all had booming economies with excess demand for labour and a large inflow of EU-8 workers. Now the demand for highly skilled labour has become more prominent. An increasing number of businesses claim to be in a serious lack of qualified manpower and as a result are no longer able to expand. As the labour market in most EEA countries has been improving, with falling unemployment rates and increased competition on European labour, we can no longer solely rely on EEA workers to fill the void. Therefore the partnership will also look into the possibilities of recruiting from third countries. We will also take this opportunity to reflect on the implications of past years labour mobility for the sending countries in East Europe.


The conference will be held in English.

For further information and registration please contact the EURES office at: eures@vmst.is

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