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Germany – Skills shortage worsens, warns federal agency

09 January 2013

The German federal agency said today that the skills shortage in the country is getting worse, especially in technical professions. But the organisation said the lack of skilled workers is currently not widespread.

“There are warning signals,” said Raimund Becker of the agency. “In some branches the shortage continues to increase.  Jobs in technical and healthcare and nursing jobs are affected. And compared to earlier analyses more jobs are showing bottleneck situations.”

A new analysis shows that the technical sector shows an acute labour shortage, particularly in engineering. Skilled workers in machine and automotive industries are scarce while mechatronic, energy and electrical jobs are also affected.

Healthcare industries can also not escape the current labour shortage as doctors remain high in demand. Nursing professionals are sought after in all federal states. 


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