Randstad Research, the center of studies and analysis of Randstad in Spain, and the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CEPYME), have presented the Annual Employment Report in SMEs, which analyzes the labor market situation of these companies and Your projection for the future.

The study emphasizes that, despite the labor slowdown in the labor market in the coming years, the employment needs of SMEs are expected to increase by around one million jobs in five years and a half million more until 2028. In addition , the report detects a shortage of professionals in fields such as construction or science and engineering technicians.

SMEs, a thermometer of the economy

The act of presentation of Annual report Employment in SMEs was attended by Rodrigo Martín, executive president of Randstad in Spain and Latin America, and Gerardo Cuerva, president of CEPYME.

Gerardo Cuerva He stressed that, as this study reflects, "SMEs have been protagonists in generating employment over the past year." A role that will have continuity in the future, since according to the forecasts that emerge from the report, SMEs "will continue to be essential protagonists in the evolution of global employment, although the number of jobs created may be lower." The president of CEPYME has highlighted the value of this study to know the demands of employment in SMEs and adapt training policies to these demands. "The attraction and retention of talent must become a strategic objective to make companies more competitive in a world that is constantly evolving," said Cuerva.

For its part, Rodrigo Martín, says that "there is a change in the production model in Spain, although at an even too slow pace, as evidenced by the fact that the occupations most demanded by SMEs continue to be those of medium-low profile." The president of Randstad also highlighted "the non-homogeneous growth of employment in Spain for the next decade that will be higher in medium-high-skilled jobs and will record net setbacks in the job offer for unskilled personnel."

Finally, Rodrigo Martín announced that "during the next ten years there will be a significant mismatch between supply and demand in the labor market, despite which, the unemployment rate will continue to decrease until it reaches around 10%."

Mismatch between job supply and demand

Randstad Research and CEPYME detect that during the next ten years there will be some mismatch between supply and demand in the labor market. This phenomenon will be compensated with the excess supply in certain professional profiles, since some of the unfilled positions will be filled with professionals of other qualifications, either by transfers to other positions, often thanks to training actions, or with access to profile positions with greater qualification than required.

According to this report, the jobs that older deficit problems they will experience will be the qualified and unqualified in construction and all those related to science and engineering. On the other hand, it is expected excess supply of unskilled agricultural staff, hospitality employees and teaching professionals.

The study emphasizes that the employment needs of SMEs can experience an increase of around one million jobs in five years, to which would be added half a million more until 2028. In five years, small businesses (10 to 49 employees ) will demand 372,696 jobs (38.3%); the medium (from 50 to 249), 312,610 (32.1%) and the micro enterprises (from 1 to 9), 288,198 (29.6%).

Regarding specific positions, the CEPYME and Randstad report highlights that 50% of all employment demands in SMEs will be concentrated in just ten specific occupations, being the hospitality, computer and education sectors that will most demand employment.

In five years, 97,684 jobs will be destined for store and warehouse employees, 86,796 for catering professionals and 61,349 for non-university education professionals, the three occupations with the best forecasts for the next five years. Next, there are food preparation assistants, support professionals in finance, mathematics, social sciences and ICT, professionals specialized in electricity and caregivers in residential services. Close the list of the ten most demanded professions by SMEs other administrative employees, caregivers in health services and health professionals.

A fundamental role in the Spanish labor market

The Annual Employment Report in SMEs also analyzes the evolution and current situation of these companies in our country. During 2018 they contributed to the total generation of employment in a proportion similar to their participation in the total labor market, 53%, which means more than 340,000 new registrations.

The study indicates that the most dynamic sectors for hiring in SMEs were computing, with a growth of 12.1%, the construction, 10.9%, and machinery repair and installation, 9.2%. As for the occupations most demanded by this type of companies, the administrative employees, waiters and chefs, support professionals in finance, mathematics, social sciences and ICT and trade dependents stand out.

On the other hand, the presence of SMEs is especially significant in sectors such as extractive industries, maritime transport, associative and sports activities and the textile, leather and footwear industry.

By size of company, medium-sized companies (between 50 and 249 employees) were the ones with the highest growth, 5.1%, similar to that maintained by large companies (5.2%). Microenterprises, on the other hand, registered a more discreet growth, 1.4%.

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