The Еmployers’ organization of Мacedonia requires urgent reforms in the education system in order to overcome the shortage of skilled personnel in the textile industry

The Еmployers’ organization of Мacedonia requires urgent reforms in the education system in order to overcome the shortage of skilled personnel in the textile industry

The Еmployers’ organization of Мacedonia  requires urgent reforms in the education system in order to overcome the shortage of skilled personnel in the textile industry
декември 28, 2021

The problem  with the deficit of staff is questioning the survival of many domestic companies, whose workers are
taken by the foreign firms practically overnight. This
phenomenon is becoming alarming in the textile industry and therefore effective measures are
urgently needed in order to overcome this problem which is becoming a real threat for the survival of
many domestic companies in this sector. This is the main conclusion of the participants of the latest
meeting in the series of consultations with the representatives of the business, which were organized
by the Organization of Employers of Macedonia (OEM),suported by the International Labour Organization project. The
state subsidies in the form of tax
exemptions and benefits for the foreign factories in the technological industrial
development zones
enable them to pay slightly higher wages and thus to attract the skilled workers from the domestic
factories which cannot use these subsidies from the state and thus reduce their costs. In this way, the
domestic industries are losing the highly skilled staff in whose creation years were invested says
the president of OEM, Angel Dimitrov. The second reason for the alarming lack of qualified work
force, especially in the textile industry is the low interest among the young people to work in this
branch.
From the
Organization of Employers of Macedonia   considered that a possible solution to the problem is subsidizing the
domestic factories. Angel Dimitrov the prezident of the OEM said that – By
subsidizing in a way an opportunity would be given for these
workers not to feel in the second category, the average salary would increase at it would come closer
to the average of the Republic, which is our goal and we want our workers to have better pay and not
be always at the bottom when it comes to the average in the country. Because of the problems in the
textile sector in recent years the number of workers decreased by about 10,000. At present the
domestic textile factories operate with about 37,000 workers and the textiles account for 11% of the
total exports of Macedonia.

 The representatives of this Textile
cluster complain that they are put in a position to refuse orders because they have no workers in
order to finish the job on time. Marijana Perkovska the prezident of the cluster said -Businessmen
or managers in the textile
companies are increasingly afraid to undertake any investment ventures because the problem with
the labor force is huge and simply they are not able to know if they can respond to the demand, and
it even happens that some of the orders, or the requests coming to our companies, they are not
accepted because of the fear that they can not fulfill what is required of them. The main reason for
the lack of good workers in the textile factories are the low interest of the young people for this
profession because of the low wages, but also the newly opened factories in the zones.