23 May 2017

Shortage of skilled workers in Turkish manufacturing companies


Shortage of skilled workers in Turkish manufacturing companies

In the Turkish manufacturing companies, there is a shortage of skilled workers, since the trained young people prefer service companies than working in manufacturing.

In the near future, the Turkish companies will lack manufacturing workers, operators and skilled employees along with unskilled staff. To stop the attrition rate, the manufacturing companies must increase their salaries to the level offered by the service sector. Even the government must support in the development of such companies by encouraging increased duration of compulsory education, due to which the company will be able to offer more jobs to the skilled workers, according to a recent study by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA).

In August-October 2012, there was a 9.1% rise in Turkey’s unemployment rate and the youth unemployment rate was 18%, as given by the official data.

According to SETA, foreign language skills of skilled workers should not be a priority for companies, since it can pose a threat to the country’s that has aims to increase its exports to $500 billion in 2023 from last year’s $152 billion.

The education system, geographic positioning of the employer, rapid circulation in workforce, differences in points of view and expectations of employees and employers, and insufficient social aid are the five main reasons for shortage of managers and skilled workers in the Turkey’s manufacturing industry and to overcome these problems, many companies are training their employees, according to data given by SETA.

Even reasons such as unregistered employment and salary policies are some of the reasons for the increased attrition rate in manufacturing companies, as said by a large portion of participant companies.

Source: hurriyetdailynews.com

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