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Labour market: Skilled workers wanted – bottlenecks in almost every seventh profession

Labour market: Skilled workers wanted – bottlenecks in almost every seventh profession

“The level is still high”: According to BA boss Andrea Nahles, the shortage of skilled workers remains despite a slight decline in many professions.

There is a shortage of skilled workers in almost one in seven professions in Germany. This was the result of the 2023 Skilled Worker Analysis published by the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg. According to the analysis, there were problems filling vacancies in 183 of the 1,200 professions assessed last year. The year before, there were 17 more professions.

This slight decline is a snapshot and not a long-term trend, stressed BA boss Andrea Nahles. The level is still high. “Due to demographic developments, many well-qualified and experienced specialists will also leave the labor market in the coming years.” According to the analysis, half of the job offers in 2023 were aimed at people in a shortage occupation. Unemployed people, on the other hand, very often did not have a shortage occupation, it said.

As a result, bottlenecks existed in the nursing and healthcare professions, in skilled trades, in professional transport, in childcare and social education, and in the catering industry, among others. Among technical professions, the IT sector and construction planning were particularly affected. Compared to the previous year, the situation eased somewhat in building construction, facade construction, and among aerospace engineers.

Source: Stern

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