Germany More Friendly to Foreign Skilled Workers

07 September 2012 | Source : Tekniskill Resources


Germany is actively seeking skilled workers for its small and mid-sized companies in various provinces across the country. On one hand it is facing severe unemployment in important cities like Berlin, Hamburg, etc. while on the other hand it is facing severe shortage of workers willing to work in the provinces.
According to recent surveys and polls conducted by various agencies reveal shocking and contrasting results by the Germans. A recent poll by the Forsa research institute and Stern magazine revealed 54% of Germans more inclines to encourage migration of skilled laborers into Germany, while only 30% were not in the support. Now nearly three-quarters (71%) of Germans view the relationship between foreigners and Germans as good, whereas eight years ago the figure was 52%.
German Culture and Attitude for Foreigners
According to the experts, a friendlier attitude of the Germans towards foreigners can be welcoming for the entire Euro zone crisis. With changing attitudes, Germans have become more tolerant towards foreigners coming in from Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc. However, language still remains one of the greatest barriers for the skilled labour force wanting to migrate to Germany for work.
One of the reasons for a little ‘un-welcoming’ attitude of Germans has been attributed to the thought that a job should go to a domestic worker first rather than an outsiders. However, this tolerance level has grown in recent years as companies have been facing actual skilled workers needed in mining, constructions, engineering, energy, oil and gas and other capital intensive projects. Apart from larger firms, small and mid-size companies are also facing labour problems for bricklayers, mining experts, electrical engineers, electricians, and similar positions in various industries.
"Although there still is a lack of highly skilled workers and experts in some sectors (eg in engineering), the cooling of the German labour markets should limit possibilities for further Eurozone labour market mobility," said Carsten Brzeski, economist at ING.
Lack of Interest from European Workers
Most of the German associations and agencies have found workers to be less interested in migrating to Germany as they find life in provinces to be too boring. For example, in a small town of Düren, a town near Aachen in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a group of trainees was trained for several months but for automobile mechanic. However, at the end of the training period they turned down the job offer stating “people at dinner at 6 pm and there is nothing to do after 8 pm,” wrote one of the trainees in farewell note. He currently works as a garbage collector in Seville which is a better and more happening place than Duren.


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