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Labour market shortages in a period of unemployment

Seminar - Brussels, Belgium

This seminar is organised by the EESC Labour Market Observatory (LMO) on the theme of "Labour market shortages in a period of unemployment".

The purpose of the seminar is to shed light on the paradox that in a time with high unemployment some companies have difficulties in filling their vacant posts.

The aim is to investigate two sets of possible causes for this paradox: on the one hand the question of mismatch between jobseekers' skills and the needs of the labour market, and on the other hand the "attractiveness" (or maybe unattractiveness) of the vacant jobs (be it because of salary levels, toughness of jobs, incompatibility of working hours and family life and so on).

Some of the main Belgian social partners as well as several European institutions will participate in the seminar. A key note speech will be delivered by an academic researcher from the Research Institute for work and Society (Catholic University of Leuven). The Belgian minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities has also been invited.