The executive’s plan to tackle the labor shortage

The government is addressing labor shortages, which are plaguing the production chain at 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 to train employees and the unemployed. This approach includes a specific component in favor of “Long-term job seekers”, 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, in particular in construction, hotels and restaurants, road freight transport and support services. residence. Such a situation worries the executive, because it risks hampering the resumption of activity, while highlighting – again – a cruel paradox: on the one hand, vacancies – of the order of 300,000 , according to the Banque de France -; on the other hand, job seekers whose numbers in the second quarter remained higher than in the last three months of 2019.

Mr. Castex intends to remedy this problem which has taken an “Exacerbated dimension”, he says in a daily interview The echoes Monday. The Prime Minister is also seeking to meet the expectations of manufacturers who are undergoing major transformations, under the effect of the ecological transition and the digitalization of the economy (automotive, aeronautics, etc.). Finally, he wants to revive individuals 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 “1.4 billion additional euros” will be “Mobilized” to adapt the level of qualification of working people and unemployed, says Mr. Castex in The echoes, specifying that this is a redeployment of “Emergency credits (…) budgeted 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 stimulate the device “Collective transitions”, which has struggled to take off since its launch at the start of the year: targeting the retraining of employees whose jobs are threatened, this tool will be simplified and can be used in the context of collective contractual breaks – a procedure that allows a manager company to separate from employees on a voluntary basis.

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