2,600 new jobs in Iceland over the next six months

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ómar Óskars­son

2,600 news jobs are expected to be created in Iceland’s private sector over the next six months, while nearly half of all big companies are feeling the effects of a shortage in workforce.

These are the main findings of a new Gallup survey among managers of Iceland’s 400 largest companies.

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42% of respondents now say that they are experiencing difficulties filling vacancies, as compared to 31% just three months ago.

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Golli

The most acute shortages have traditionally been in construction and tourism, with sectors such as industry and retail now also feeling the pinch. The situation is less serious in financial services, specialised services and fisheries, although some signs of a shortage of workers are also to be found in these fields.

The respondents to the survey head companies employing a total of just under 30,000 people. 43% of them predicted they would be recruiting new workers over the next six months.

Taking the size of the companies in question into account, this works out at 2.2% more new jobs – i.e. 2,600.

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