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Germany – Recruitment difficult as companies lack HR staff

06 August 2012

Companies in Germany are increasingly complaining about not being able to find staff with the right key skills with a third of firms saying they do not receive enough applications for open vacancies, according to new research by ManpowerGroup. This is particularly the case for jobs requiring technical expertise, the staffing firm found.

A fifth of companies in the country are also complaining about a lack of hard skills in those candidates invited to a job interview as they do not bring sufficient expertise with them. On top of this, 12% of employers felt disappointed about the lack of soft or social skills in jobseekers.   

But Manpower warned that companies underestimate such recruitment problems as only a quarter of those questioned said finding the right people will impact business activities ‘strongly’ or ‘very strongly.’ This is a low number which compares to 38% in Europe and 41% across the world.

Manpower Germany’s managing director Vera Calasan said that companies need to take more responsibility. She said HR departments should not discount people who may not have the right skills but are willing to learn and have the right qualifications.

Additionally, the survey found that in German companies there is a lack of HR professionals, who on average made up around 1.5% of the total headcount in firms. Manpower said this number is not good enough to carry out efficient recruitment. “The wait and see approach is not an appropriate strategy, but a high risk for business” Ms Calasan warned.

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