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91% of medium-sized staffing companies in Germany are complaining about an acute skills shortage and 70% expect this to worsen in the next twelve months, according to a new survey by the association of temporary employment agencies (iGZ).
Therefore nearly all of the recruiters surveyed (97.6%) have taken measures to tackle the skills shortage in the country. This includes paying temporary workers more than they are obliged to by various collective agreements.
More than half (53.7%) of firms are also increasingly relying on older workers while boosting marketing campaigns is seen as a major step to handle the lack of skilled workers. On top of this, training temporary workers is also a significant measure to manage the skills shortage for 46.3% of firms.
Staffing companies are demanding better transparency of the labour market, which should speed up the process of matching vacancies with the right workers.
“The greatest skills shortage is seen in jobs in the metal and electrical industry, the chemical industry and the plastics industry. We have negotiated sector surcharges in these industries to close the pay gap between temporary workers and permanent employees,” said head of the iGZ, Werner Stolz.