The job market in Northern parts of Europe is expanding while it is still contracting in the South according to this article in the Austrian Times.
Austrian aluminium company SAG is recruiting Spanish engineers to fill jobs that could not be filled by Austrian engineers.
Salzburger Aluminium AG (SAG), which is based in Lend, Salzburg, is recruiting engineers and specialist staff from Spain to combat the shortage of specialists at the factory. SAG has already had 150 applications from Spaniards, confirmed SAG Board Member Karin Exner-Wöhrer.
“The Spanish applicants are very well qualified, young and motivated. They have very few opportunities on the current Spanish job market. ”
SAG sent a manager to Spain to interview suitable applicants. Durig this visit 12 interviews were carried out and three or four new technical staff were hired.
Exner-Wöhrer said: “Many of them are fluent in English and some can even speak a little German. They are expertly trained but had no opportunities in Spain.
New EU regional unemployment figures for 2011 show that Salzburg and Tirol have the lowest unemployment in the whole of the EU.
The figured released by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat show that Salzburg and Tirol had an unemployment level of just 2.5 per cent in comparison to the Spanish region of Andalucía – which had the highest proportion of unemployment with 30.4 per cent.
Upper Austria with 3.2 per cent unemployment and Styria with 3.3 per cent are also in the top ten for the most employment.
Vienna has an unemployment level of 7.1 per cent, Lower Austria 4.3 per cent, Burgenland and Vorarlberg 36.6 per cent and Carinthia 3.5 per cent.