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The shortage of qualified staff in the health and social care industries is becoming a serious problem for Germany. At the worst moment of the current economic crisis total job offers were down by -38% compared to only -3.6% in the health and care sectors.
Bernd Sydow, Managing Director of Adecco Medical and Science, said "it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sufficiently qualified personnel. We [therefore] pay for the training of temporary employees and the official certification by the independent German Care Council (DPR). That way we permanently keep our temporary employees up-to-date with the latest industry level of competence."
Sydow says further "our clients value the fact that we are able to provide health and care workers across national borders." Adecco has just signed a contract to supply 1,500 health care workers per annum to 100 public hospitals in Norway over the next two years.
In Germany the staffing agency is currently looking for nurses, operating theatre assistants, medical-technical assistants, doctors, doctors' assistants and carers for the elderly.