September, and the summer campaign, have concluded with 76,000 fewer unemployed in Spain, according to SEPE data published this week. This means that today unemployment in Spain remains in 13.7% of the population, that is, 3.25 million people.
Figures that, although they are decreasing, are very high, especially compared to the European average, which is just over 6%.
Affiliation to Social Security has grown in the last month in 57,387 people, with a total of 19.3 million registered. But, it is a figure that is still insufficient with the future of pensions hanging by a thread.
Although we have 3 million people who are unemployed, Spain begins to present, paradoxically, shortage in certain positions, which puts us on notice about what may happen in Spain in the near future. On United Kingdom We are already seeing what happens to the transport sector, which has half of Europe in check.
The sectors that do not fill vacancies in Spain
According to data from the INE, when the State of Alarm ended, the vacant positions in our country grew to 120,000, and some of the sectors that are noticing it the most are those with low qualifications, such as hospitality and agriculture.
Why? Because they are jobs physically tough, with sometimes precarious conditions and low salaries, which alienates highly qualified people from them despite being unemployed. In addition, these positions are usually filled immigrant labor, and the pandemic has slowed its arrival.
Something similar, saving a lot of distances, happens in the United Kingdom and the transport crisis. By rejecting foreign labor, this country is leaving unfilled all those positions that are normally held by foreigners such as logistics, cleaning, etc. And here it could also happen for other reasons, such as the low international mobility of the last year.
While the forecast is that this is a temporary mismatch and when the activity regains its pulse, with tourism and the hotel industry running at full throttle (with better conditions for workers), the situation will be resolved.
More worries about what may happen in the future, since digital transformation is a fact, and many professionals will be needed for it. The necessary labor force will be highly or very highly qualified, and it will be necessary to see to what extent Spain can cover that demand. More advanced countries, such as the United States, are already having a shortage of workers for strategic positions, such as environmental management and sustainability in construction and engineering, the famous big data, which companies increasingly demand more to know better to their clients, or health, which has shown the seams the covid.
So the future worries if it does not bet on training in this digital and sustainable field from now on. And still, it can be difficult to cover the labor required at current rates.