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Germany – Skills shortages worsening

19 July 2013

Half of German employers reported that skills shortages are a considerable problem, increasing from 31% of employers reporting the same issue last year, according to the Skills Shortage 2013 report from ManpowerGroup.

“The fact that so many applicants lack expertise puts the companies in precarious positions. However, most employers are not overly concerned or have no strategies for tackling the problem,” said Herwarth Bruene, CEO of Manpower Germany. “This gives the impression that many HR managers underestimate the situation. More than half of companies see no reason to take action and are simply waiting,”

Of the respondents; 54% admitted that they had no strategy in place to address the skills shortages, while 22% intended to address skills shortages by training existing staff. 13% of employers intend to recruit temporary or contract workers to fill skills gaps.

Employers in Germany reported having the greatest difficulty finding candidates with skilled trades, engineers, and accounting & finance staff. Other areas of difficulty include sales representatives, technicians, IT staff, and medical staff.

Increased talent shortages are forcing German companies to search abroad for suitable candidates. German unemployment currently sits at the second lowest level in Europe at 5.3%, surpassed only by Austria with 4.7%. The European Union unemployment average is 11%, and the Eurozone average is 12.2%.  

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