MobiliseSME® aims to investigate the opportunities in Europe for a cross-border mobility program for employees of MSMEs. Its guiding assumption is that a programme like this would create more business opportunities for entrepreneurs while enriching the experience and careers of the employees.
In order to reach this goal, the project will undertake some specific activities that would first give a good overview of the opportunity to create such a programme and then the possibility to test it with a pilot scheme.
Here a detailed description of each set of activities:
1) Online Mobility Questionnaire for SME Employees and Entrepreneurs
MobiliseSME® distributed an online questionnaire addressed to SMEs all over Europe.
This survey was aimed to assess the interest in a new European mobility scheme and the issues that entrepreneurs and employees expect to face when they participate in such type of programme.
2) Desktop Research on Legal Frameworks for Mobility and on Similar Schemes
MobiliseSME®’s partners conducted research on the legal framework and on existing mobility schemes in 20 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The goal of this research was to get an idea of the general legal background of each country with a particular focus on employees’ secondment procedures. This is done with the intention of predicting and suggesting solutions for all the administrative, social, economic and cultural barriers that could be encountered when setting up an international mobility pilot scheme in these countries.
The research also looks at instruments for Business-to-Business secondments in these countries and if there are best practices that could be used in the MobiliseSME® mobility scheme. The project published a final research report detailing all the findings of the research and advising how the mobility scheme could work in the best way within the framework of national insurances, employment laws and taxation systems.
3) National Focus Groups on Mobility for SMEs Employees and Entrepreneurs
MobiliseSME® organised 2 focus groups in each of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The focus groups aimed at investigating the validity of statistical results of the online survey and of theoretical results obtained with the desk research in each country, by discussing with entrepreneurs and employees of MSMEs in Europe the idea of such a scheme, the benefits they hope to reap and the hurdles they expect to face. This activity is also expected to give a good insight on which sectors would be more interested in a mobility scheme instead of others.
4) Pilot Mobility Scheme
Through the desktop research, the online survey and the focus groups, MobiliseSME® was able to set up a pilot mobility scheme, which is adequate both to national legislation and to the expectations of participating companies.
The pilot scheme uses an online database to facilitate the match-making among hosting and sending MSMEs, supported by smartphone applications for practical access. Furthermore, the single project partners intermediate the matching, help to prepare the exchange and assist during and after for all practicalities.