The executive’s plan against the labor shortage

The government is tackling labor shortages, which are jamming the production chain in a growing number of companies. Monday September 27, Jean Castex was to go to Châtellerault (Vienne) to unveil a “recruitment tension reduction plan”. At the heart of the Prime Minister’s announcements, there is a new effort by the public authorities for the former employees and the unemployed. This approach includes a specific component in favor of “long-term job seekers”the details of which were to be given by the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, during a trip to Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne).

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With the rebound in growth, more and more bosses are complaining that they cannot find the staff they need, particularly in construction, hotels and restaurants, road freight transport and assistance services. residence. Such a situation worries the executive, because it risks leading to increased activity, while – again – highlighting a cruel paradox: on the one hand, vacant posts – around 300 000, according to the Bank of France –; the other, job seekers whose workforcein the second quarter, remain higher than those of the last three months of 2019.

Mr. Castex was well aware of this problem, which took a “exaggerated dimension”he says in a daily interview The echoes of Monday. The Prime Minister also seeks to meet the expectations of manufacturers who are experiencing major transformations, under the effect of the ecological transition and the digitalization of the economy (automotive, aeronautics, etc.). Finally, it wants to revive individuals who are far from the world of work and prevent the risk of downgrading among employees whose know-how will soon be obsolete.

Stimulate the “collective transitions” system

In 2021 and 2022, some “An additional 1.4 billion euros” will be “mobilized” to adapt the level of qualification of people in activity and the unemployed, indicates Mr. Castex in The echoesspecifying that it is a redeployment of “emergency loans (…) budgets for crisis management ».

According to the head of government, nearly 43% of this envelope (ie 600 million euros) will be allocated to the training of around 350,000 additional workers, the aim being to teach them new production techniques. By the way, the executive takes the opportunity to encourage the device “transition groups”which is struggling to take off since its launch at the beginning of the year: targeted on the retraining of employees whose job is threatened, this tool will be simplified and can be used in the context of collective contractual terminations – a procedure which allows a manager to company to part with employees on a voluntary basis.

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