Eurojob expects that during the coming decades substantial labour force deficits will develop in lower/mid level and technical personnel. This is caused by ageing of the population and a decrease in the number of children. To retain economic activity and strength (and hence employment) in the Netherlands, companies will increasingly need to look beyond borders throughout the entire European Union to attract a flexible work force. Especially in logistics, retail, manufacturing, assembly, food, metal and engineering and healthcare shortages of skilled and motivated employees are increasing.
The challenge is not only limited to the Netherlands, but also exists in many surrounding Western European countries. This might in due course even create a race amongst countries to attract international staff.