– Delivery times can hardly be planned, apprenticeship positions are vacant
A survey by the Thun Oberland Business Association shows that every second company currently expects sales to stabilize. And many apprenticeships – including in the commercial area – cannot be filled.
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In the Thun and Oberland region – the city of Thun above the Oberland – several apprenticeship positions are vacant.
Photo: Christoph Gerber
The Thun Oberland Business Association conducts a survey among its members twice a year.
to the current economic situation. So far, the results are clear – and positive.
In terms of capacity utilization and profitability, the association writes. The evaluation of the current survey shows:
Many companies are concerned – and less positive – about the near future.
Almost half of all member companies from industry, construction, construction-related trades, trade and services submitted their statements. When asked about sales growth, a third of the companies still expect sales growth, but exactly half expect stagnation and 17 percent expect sales to decline. For the first time, members were asked how the company’s sales were compared to before the Corona crisis: 32 percent stated that more sales had been achieved in the meantime than before the pandemic. 56 percent of those surveyed again achieved 80 to 100 percent of sales in 2019. However, 6 percent of the companies achieved less than 50 percent of the sales of the previous order.
Purchasing conditions have deteriorated, delivery times can hardly be planned anymore. 85 percent of the companies complain about a sharp increase in the costs for procurement of resources. This means that inflation has also reached the Thun zone. There is no relief in sight, although only a quarter of the companies stated that the Ukraine conflict had a direct impact on their business activities, according to the statement.
In the area of jobs and apprenticeships, the situation has deteriorated somewhat since the November 2021 survey. Many companies still have training positions to fill for this summer. In addition to the manual trades that have mainly been affected up to now, the commercial professions or administrative positions in offices are now also affected. Doctors, financial institutions and IT specialists are also looking for junior staff.
The results of the survey show, among other things, that “entrepreneurs in Thun and the region carry out their tasks to the best of their knowledge and belief and look for quick and timely solutions to challenges”. However, the growing news of the company’s insolvency is causing unease. Many people are not sure how the situation will develop in difficult conditions and until autumn/winter 2022.
The next business survey by the Thun Oberland Business Association will take place at the end of 2022. Salary measures are also recorded.
Posted today at 12:01pm
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