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A new report to be published soon by the Institute for Labour and Technology (IAT) on behalf of the Hans Boeckler Foundation forecasts that demand for carers will rise by up to 1 million in Germany by the year 2025.
However, German hospitals have cut -46,000 carer jobs between the period from 1996 to 2006 despite an increased number of patients and an increased workload per patient.
On the other hand, the number of carers who are employed via temporary employment agencies, has quintupled to 19,000 during the period from 2004 to 2010. Compared to the 1.3 million carers who are employed on a permanent basis and the 600,000 temporary employees in Germany overall, this is still a small number but it is expected to rise exponentially.
The report highlights that the cause for the expected increase in the number of carers who work for temporary employment agencies lies in the insufficient current and future allocation of permanent carers and the lack of professional training in the industry.
To see a comparative graph on growth figures between temporary employment in the care sector and temporary employment in general, please click here