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Germany – Firms look abroad, skills shortage worsens

31 January 2013

The skills shortage in Germany is getting worse as more and more companies have trouble hiring the right staff. A new report by German labour market institute IBE and Hays found that 79% of employers are looking for skilled staff, but 70% of them are facing difficulties in the hiring process.

This number has increased from a year ago when 39% of companies reported problems in the recruitment process. To compensate for the lack of skilled workers, employers have increased their hiring activities and are keen to look for qualified staff from abroad. The German federal recently said the skills shortage in the country is getting worse, especially in technical professions.

The study found that worldwide 18% of companies are now looking for a skilled workforce abroad, up from 13% in 2011. In the EU, this figure is slightly lower at 21% having almost doubled from 2011. But according to the study, fewer companies are looking to Eastern European countries to fill the skills gap – from 41% in 2008 to 10% in 2012.

Firms are also making increased use of staffing companies with 57% calling in recruiters to ease the hiring process. 

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