The shortage of skilled workers has been a major issue for several years and has also impacted the automation industry. Due to the high demand for experts and motivated junior staff, Mesago Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of the leading international trade fair SPS – Smart Production Solutions, has now launched the SPS CareerDrive jobs portal this fall to support companies in finding suitable experts.
The SPS has always been an opportunity for talented individuals to get a personal feel for the career opportunities available and for companies to present themselves as potential employers. But the ever-present shortage of skilled workers worldwide has prompted a change in thinking. According to a study conducted at the beginning of the year by the Institute of the German Economy (IW Köln), Germany, for example, has a shortage of 88,600 skilled workers in energy and electrical professions. In mechanical and automotive engineering, the gap is estimated to be 56,600, while the shortfall in the IT sector is calculated to be 50,600 skilled workers. Consequently, employee recruitment and retention are at present among the most important HR management issues for many companies.
With the SPS CareerDrive career portal, Mesago provides a new platform and opportunity for companies and job seekers to offer and find employment in the automation industry, not only during the event, but throughout the entire year.
Gunnar Mey, Vice President SPS New Business, explains: “Trade fairs are temporary events with significant value. However, the SPS CareerDrive is a new, year-round service from Mesago for all stakeholders in the automation industry, enabling industry-focused talent to find exciting vacancies in the automation sector. Employers can use the platform to raise their profiles.”
During the trade fair from 14 to 16 November 2023, interested parties at the event in Nuremberg will have the opportunity to access the SPS CareerDrive jobs portal and browse for suitable vacancies at a number of terminals. The SPS CareerDrive career portal is designed as an additional recruitment tool that the industry can use to find, promote, and retain talent.