Mechanics makes employment grow


2016_MECSPE_4Good news for the Italian mechanical industry: in the first quarter 2016, they expect in industry 28,500 engagements of employees: they will be prevailingly fixed-term and permanent contracts; they mainly address plant and machinery operators and specialized workers; professionals with specific experiences and relying on a degree. They are the data released by Excelsior-Unioncamere, which confirm the good signals coming from the end of 2015 with rising turnovers (by 50.7%), adequate orders (69.7%) and a growing satisfaction (63.5% of entrepreneurs are widely satisfied). In the employment ambit as well, important results are scored: in 2015, almost 5 enterprises out of 10 increased their personnel and, for the current year, about one third (32.6%) are planning new engagements. Translated into numbers, considering the new entries and the labour cessations, every 1,000 companies about 580 workplaces will be created this year. This is what highlighted by MecSpe Observatory, realized by Senaf on the occasion of MecSpe, the international exhibition of innovation technologies (Fiere di Parma, 17th -19th March 2016) that – with almost 1,600 exhibitors in the 10 thematic halls, 24 demo units and working isles, 6 excellence squares and 72 technical conventions will be the opportunity to find solutions and processes able to optimize production and to meet partners with which developing concrete business opportunities.

In Italy, according to Excelsior-Unioncamere data processed by Senaf on the occasion of MecSpe (Fiere di Parma, 17th – 19th March 2016), in the first quarter 2016 they foresee 146,270 workers’ engagements, even if this does not mean an employment rise on the territory because it does not take into account the terminations of business relationships. Out of them, 19.5%, amounting to 28,500, concern industry, with contracts that will be fixed-term by 48.6% and permanent-type, with increasing protection levels, by 41.5%.

More in detail: mechanical and electronic industries programme to engage, in these three months of the year, 8,490 workers (29.8% of the total industry);metallurgical and metal product industries 4,300 (15.1%);food, beverage and tobacco industries 4,080 (14.3%); chemical-pharmaceutical, plastic and rubber industries 3,240 (11.4%); textile, clothing and footwear industries 2,920 (10.2%); paper, paper converting and printing industries 1,160 (4.1%);wood and furniture industries 1,090 (3.8%); Industries for the processing of non-metallic minerals and mining 830 (2.9%); the other industries 2,390 (8.4%).

The most searched profiles are those of plant and machinery operators (30%) and specialized workers (27.7%); 60% demand in general for specific experience and education and 76.3% prefer a degree, with a particular preference for the diploma (38.2%) and for a professional qualification (22.5%). If the sex of the candidate is indifferent for 44.8%, 46.1% prefer anyway the male gender. Concerning the age, 41% has no preferences, 33% addresses people under 29 and 26% the over-29 workers.

Speaking of the data by the MECSPE observatory, we notice that in 2015, 27.7% dedicated to employees’ training “up to 10 hours per year”, a good 26.6% “from 11 to 20” and 34.6% “over 21 hours”, whereas only 11.2% provided no training. Concerning 2016, almost nine entrepreneurs out of ten (88.1%) will invest in the updating of their employees, and almost one out of five (19.3%) will rise the dedicated budget compared to the previous year.


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