Hundreds of Spanish workers head to Switzerland

28.04.2011

Over 4 000 construction workers from all over Spain gathered in Madrid in March 2011 for the EURES Job Days recruitment event. They were hoping to land one of the hundreds of vacancies offered by the four major recruitment companies present.
Over 4 000 construction workers from all over Spain gathered in Madrid in March 2011 for the EURES Job Days recruitment event. They were hoping to land one of the hundreds of vacancies offered by the four major recruitment companies present.
 
The Madrid Job Days was a joint initiative organised by EURES in Spain and in Switzerland and aimed specifically at recruiting Spanish construction workers to take up positions in Switzerland.
 
“It was a very successful event. We received a lot of positive feedback from the recruitment companies for which EURES had pre-selected potential candidates,” stated Maria José Arias Fernàndez, EURES Manager in Spain.  
 
EURES advisers had scanned the EURES portal for jobseekers in their regions who matched the job description. After an initial phone call, potential candidates were invited to an information session with their EURES adviser. Those with appropriate skills and experience were then referred to the recruitment companies at the Job Days in Madrid.
 
“There’s a lack of construction workers in Switzerland as many young jobseekers prefer less physically demanding jobs. Spanish construction workers are well educated and hard working and therefore are highly sought after in Switzerland,” explains Paulo Mendes, Head of Personnel Recruitment at Personal Liga, one of the recruitment companies present in Madrid.
 
Manpower, the largest recruitment company attending the event, hopes to hire around 200 people in the coming months. Personal Liga and Almobau are each hoping to hire 20 people.  
 
Recruitment takes time. Given that Switzerland is not an EU Member State, work permits must be obtained. The new recruits also need to find somewhere to live. Just two weeks after the Job Days, however, 18 workers had already moved to Switzerland. “Our services don’t stop at pre-selection. As a EURES adviser you’re not content until the jobseeker has found a good job and suitable living conditions in their new host country,” added Maria José Arias Fernàndez.  
 
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