WKÖ: Skills shortage is already becoming a labor shortage

According to the Chamber of Commerce, a survey of companies shows that the shortage of skilled workers is more present than ever before. This is becoming a labor shortage, the concern goes across all sectors – it has the greatest impact on the tourism and leisure industry. The problem will only get worse in the years to come. The WKÖ, on the other hand, wants to see the reform of unemployment insurance and the red-white-red card as levers.

Additional burden

The Institute for Educational Research in Economics (ibw) surveyed almost 4,000 companies in March and April for the Labor Force Radar on behalf of the WKÖ. Almost three quarters of the companies surveyed are very badly (43.8 percent) or rather badly (29.1 percent) affected by a shortage of skilled workers.

16.1 percent are not affected at all. In tourism and the leisure industry, which includes hotels and restaurants, more than 80 percent of those surveyed are very or rather badly affected by the shortage of skilled workers, and only 7.8 percent are not at all, the survey shows. This is the sector most affected by the shortage. This is followed by transport and traffic as well as trade and crafts.

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