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Germany – Talent shortage makes staffing firms look abroad

04 June 2013

Staffing firms in Germany are increasingly looking abroad to hire the right staff as talent shortages in the country remain a serious concern for employers. The federation of private employment agencies, BAP, said attracting skilled workers from neighbouring Poland has grown in popularity among recruiters.

In an interview with Die Welt, Ingrid Hofmann from the staffing federation said that recruitment agencies are also interested in hiring staff from troubled Eurozone countries such as Greece and Italy. The reputation of well-known German companies has helped made the country a popular destination to foreign agency workers.

Engineers and architects are particularly high in demand, but Ms Hofmann said that a lack of German language skills poses a problem when hiring workers from abroad. “Good knowledge of the German language is a prerequisite to work as a temporary agency workers in Germany,” she said. She urged staffing firms to help those workers acquire the right language skills.

Ms Hofmann also warned that talent shortages are becoming more acute in the staffing industry with many recruiters struggling to fill posts with qualified staff. Client companies also tend to take over skilled temporary staff on a permanent level which is adding to the problem, she noted.

This comes after a recent study by ManpowerGroup last week found that 35% of employers in Germany are reporting difficulties in hiring workers with key skills.

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