'Industry lacks professionals'

Industry needs up to 4,000 additional workers but is having a hard time finding the people to fill the gap, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Monday.

Industry needs up to 4,000 additional workers but is having a hard time finding the people to fill the gap, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Monday. The Association said 68 percent of 185 factories it surveyed in the metals, electric, textile, plastic, and hi-tech sectors reported difficulties in finding new workers in the final quarter of 2006. It said the statistic was the result of a declining trend in the supply of professionals in industry seen in the last two years. The first quarter of 2004 showed that 36% of factories had difficulty filling positions, and that figure deteriorated to 49% in the fourth quarter of that year and to 58% in the final three months of 2005.