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Turners, industrial engineers and truck drivers, the most demanded professions by the Cartagena industrial sector (10/10/2019)

The mayor of Cartagena, Ana Belén Castejón, presented on the morning of October 10 a study that determines that the professions most demanded by the industrial sector of Cartagena are turner / milling machine, followed by industrial engineers, forklifts, administrative assistants and engineers of product.

Also participating in this presentation were the Councilor for the Employment Department and President of the Agency for Local Development and Employment, Irene Ruiz and the person responsible for the study, carried out by the Laboratory of Strategies and Ideas for the territory of the University of Murcia, Prudencio Riquelme .

Know the training needs in the industrial sector of Cartagena to help companies and workers.

That is the objective of the study commissioned by the Agency for Local Development and Employment of Cartagena and with which it is intended to have an analysis tool that allows to end the mismatches between the supply and demand of jobs.

The study includes a catalog of the most demanded occupations in which the number of employed by the companies in the industrial area of ​​Cartagena is detailed, as well as the training needs that each occupation requires.

"Only knowing that our companies demand can we train the specialized workers they need," said Mayor Ana Belén Castejón.

Half of the companies interviewed say they have plans to make new additions in the short and medium term.

However, it is observed that there are three occupations that stand out above the rest, concentrating until now between them almost forty percent of the total hiring.

Assemblers of metal structures, welders and flame cutters and laborers of manufacturing industries.

The occupations that have seen a greater increase in their volume of contracts in recent years have also been technicians in metallurgy and mines, officers, operators and artisans of other trades and construction laborers.


The mayor Irene Ruiz explained that “the adaptation of the training offer to the real needs of the labor market is positioned as a key element in improving the competitiveness of companies and in increasing the employability of existing labor "

Likewise, the study indicates that a training system that accompanies workers throughout their working life is necessary.

For this reason, the report indicates that it is essential that the system anticipates the needs of the business fabric, constituting a support for the innovative and competitive capacity of the company, through perfectly qualified human resources.

The study commissioned by the Employment Observatory of the ADLE has compiled unpublished information until the moment of great interest for all the agents that participate in the industrial sector, from public organizations to the companies, workers and students themselves.

The industrial sector concentrates a total of 8,663 workers of the 63,429 employees in Cartagena.

There are a total of 456 companies in the industry.

In the municipality of Cartagena, there are currently 5,944 affiliated companies, which represents 12.47% of the total number of companies in the Region of Murcia.

Another fact that is extracted from the study is that the companies based in Cartagena have an average of 10.44 workers, the industrial companies having the highest value, with nineteen workers per company.

It is precisely the small size of the companies that is one of the factors that makes it more difficult for the necessary advances in R & D & I to improve their competitiveness.

With regard to foreign trade, companies in the industrial sector are the most dynamic in the municipality of Cartagena.

Thus, 8.26% of them have import or export activity, a value significantly higher than that registered in the other sectors.

Another significant fact of the study of the Agency for Local Development and Employment is the high level of masculinization of the sector, with 88.14% of the new contracts made to men, according to SEPE data.

In this regard, the mayor has expressed the need to modify this aspect since "women are qualified to perform any job."

74.76% of employees in industrial companies in the municipality are hired indefinitely, with the remaining 25.24% being temporary staff.

Regarding the most common training actions carried out by industrial companies, the prevention of occupational hazards, language courses, obtaining professional cards, computer and office training and aspects related to the production process stand out.

In Cartagena, there are 26 face-to-face university degrees, 65 face-to-face training cycles, highlighting professional families such as mechanical manufacturing, food industries, installation and maintenance or chemistry, and 288 different professional certificates.

The presentation of the study was also attended by the Councilor for Business, Cristina Pérez, the ADLE manager, Fulgencio Cerón, the director of the SEF, Aurelio Morales, the vice president of the Regional Federation of Metal Entrepreneurs, Tomás Martínez Pagán, the director of the UNED, María Luisa Martínez, the vice president of the COEC, Juan Carlos García Ródenas, the regional secretary of CCOO, José Ibarra and the director of the CEIC, Ángel Martínez-Conde.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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