Germany Struggles with Skilled Labour Shortage

10 September 2012 | Source : Tekniskill Resources PL


Germany is facing skilled labour problems in several provinces. Although the overall outlook of the country looks like severe unemployment, nevertheless, the country seriously need skilled labour force especially in sectors like Engineering, metal processing businesses, constructions. Most of the German companies are eyeing people from Southern Europe to work in provinces but the Europeans seems a little disinterested.

Unemployment vs Skilled Labour Shortage
For the Europeans, Berlin looks more chick than the Northern provinces but Berlin faces a huge unemployment and a serious lack of jobs.  Northern provinces look too boring which opens up gates for cheaper labour from South East Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Thailand, etc.

Many provinces have metal processing units, construction contractors, engineering set ups and they are laden wit orders. However, there is a severe shortage of skilled labours like bricklayers, welders, caregivers, electricians, electrical engineers, etc. This has led to open vacancies in several small and mid-size companies who are actively seeking new employment and trainees who are ready to work in provinces.

A recent example in Germany that showcases the skilled labour shortage in the country is Rhine-Neckar region of southwestern Germany. It can accommodate as many as 35,000 skilled labours at various positions till 2013. Currently, Germany is actively seeking labours from Spain and Portugal but has not received a favourable response. They have held talks and discussions in schools and universities in Spain and Barcelona and invited journalists from Portugal. They have also given ads in Greek newspapers but there has been a little response.
The Confederation of German Employer Association has also published guidelines for business owners to create a welcoming culture in their business organizations to attract skilled manpower from other countries.
Language Barrier
German is a little difficult language and the jobs are in rural areas of the country which are strictly German speaking regions with a change in dialect as well. This has led to further disinterest from people from Spain, Greece and Portugal to migrate to jobs that may be alluring in more hip regions of Germany.
Further, young migrants in East Europe are little less flexible and want to be closer to home. However, migrants from India and similar countries are more flexible to adapt to cultural changes. This has made Germany an interesting destination for blue-collared jobs.
Goethe Institute of Germany has reported increase in number of students wanting to learn German but actual trainers on jobs have reported that the whole process will take time for people to learn the language and then again adapt to the job as well.
Employment Associations in Germany 
The Confederation of German Employer Association is actively working on attracting skilled blue-collared workers to come and work for German companies located in distant locations.
The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) represents the interests of skilled trade people such as builders and electricians. It is actively getting in touch with agencies and associations over the world to put in a good word for booming districts and cities like Emsland to lure skilled workers.


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