The City of Reykjavík is looking at a severe shortage of staff at its after-school leisure time centers; 100 positions remain vacant while school starts on Monday. Applications for slots for 2,745 children have been received for the autumn semester.
Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Director of the leisure time centers, Soffía Pálsdóttir, told Fréttabladid earlier this week that it is surprising how difficult it is to fill these positions.
Pálsdóttir also finds it surprising that a similar number of applications for slots at the centers were received as last year. In her view that indicates that parents prioritize with the interests of their children in mind, despite a tight budget.
After the interview with Pálsdóttir applications have begun rolling in and 50 employees have been hired since the beginning of the week, “but we’re still 100 employees short,” she said. However, judging by the response, more vacancies will be filled by Monday.