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Healthcare, IT, engineering and education skill shortages loom

MAASTRICHT/THE NETHERLANDS. Employers in the Netherlands will have a hard time filling vacancies in healthcare, IT, technology and teaching over the next few years, according to a new report on the Dutch labour market by researchers at Maastricht University.

The report ‘De arbeidsmarkt naar opleiding en beroep tot 2022’ says job prospects in particular are good for youngsters with a healthcare or technical degree at all educational levels up to 2022. The university’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market publishes a report on jobs market prospects every two years, based on forecasts by the national statistics office CBS and the government’s CPB think-tank.

The new report says there will be shortage across most of the IT and communications technology sector, as well as a lack of architects, engineers and electricians. In education, the primary school sector will be badly hit, as not enough trainees are being recruited to replace the expected wave in retirement over the next few years.

‘We need a campaign to enthuse youngsters about working with technology, in healthcare and education,’ research leader Didier Fourage told Radio 1 news. ‘They need to be informed about the good prospects on offer. That is the way to encourage them.’

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