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Demand for manufacturing workers jumps

יולי 21, 2009. Globes: Merav Ankori

Young people opt for studies and training in high-tech professions and management over vocational training.

Belying the constant reports about lay-offs since the outbreak of the economic crisis, demand for manufacturing workers is actually on the rise, according to figures in the Walla! Jobs portal, obtained by "Globes".

A survey by Walla! Jobs in June found that demand for manufacturing workers, such as electricians, welders, mechanics, and electrical technicians was 47% higher than in April. There were 410 help wanted ads for manufacturing workers in April, 530 in May, and 602 in June.

Walla! Jobs CEO Rinat Bogin said that there had not been comparable growth in demand for manufacturing workers in April 2008, so the current increase does not appear to be due to seasonal factors. Demand for manufacturing workers was 13% higher in June than in May. "We aren’t seeing such a difference for workers in other professions. There used to be such differences for high-tech professions, but we're not now seeing anything like this anywhere else," she said.

Bogin attributes the jump in demand to a shortage of manufacturing workers as young people opt for studies and training in high-tech professions and management over vocational training.

Bogion said, "Who goes to learn how to be a welder today? True, machinery has been upgraded and we're living in a world of computers, but there's a need for professionals. The supply is very low, so demand is high.

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