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Date 12/09/2019
European employers are concerned about the growing skills mismatches and labour force
shortages in a majority of Member States. If left unaddressed, this worrying trend will have a
negative impact on innovation and productivity, both in highly innovative industry sectors and
other services sectors, some of which are already confronted with the challenge of attracting
motivated and competent workers.  

To address this pressing issue, cross-industry and sectoral employers are issuing this
statement to call on policy-makers and social partners at all appropriate levels to prioritise
measures designed with the purpose to reduce labour shortages by improving skills matching
across European Member States.  

Labour force shortages and skills mismatches are caused by both cyclical and structural
factors, both of which need to be addressed. Positively, the cycle of economic recovery over
recent years has resulted in strong employment creation.

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