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Germany is facing a shortage of workers: who is being sought and what vacancies are open

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Germany is facing a shortage of workers: who is being sought and what vacancies are open

Germany is facing a shortage of qualified specialists in various fields. Last year, employers in the country were unable to fill more than 600 thousand vacancies. Find out more about who is being sought and for what jobs

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Germany is facing a shortage of personnel in various industries. Last year alone, employers were unable to fill about 630,000 vacancies. This article describes which specialties face a shortage of employees.


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How to properly resign from a job in Germany: stages of dismissal for foreigners.


What specialties are facing the greatest shortage of employees?


According to a report by the Institute for the German Economy (IW), people with degrees in information technology, electrical engineering, and construction design and supervision were in high demand in the past. 


Today, Germany is also facing a shortage of specialists in such areas as healthcare, social services, training and education.


Growing skill shortages are also being observed in sectors that have not previously suffered from labor shortages. These are the following sectors:


- commercial services;

- trade;

- distribution;

- hospitality; 

- tourism.


In these industries, the number of unfilled vacancies has almost tripled.


According to experts, the labor shortage is also having a major impact on the trade sector.


Read more about healthcare in Germany for foreigners, insurance and medical tourism here.


Solution to the problem 


According to experts from the German Economic Institute, Germany will not be able to solve the problem of the shortage of skilled workers without a significant increase in migration.


In March 2023, the country employed a record number of residents - 45.6 million people, but this growth in the labor force was due to migrants. Especially migrants from non-EU countries, including Ukraine.


According to the head of the Federal Employment Agency, Andrea Nahles, Germany needs migration of both labor and skilled workers.




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What specialties in Germany are most in need of workers?


According to SchengenVisaInfo, citing the Federal Employment Agency, 200 and 1200 professions had an acute shortage of employees last year. This is much more compared to 148 professions in 2021.

The list of professions with the most severe labor shortages in Germany:


 service staff in hotels and restaurants;

 bus drivers;

 locksmiths;

 childcare professionals;

 construction workers;

 engineers in the automotive industry;

 architects;

 pharmacists;

 Information technology specialists.


At the same time, experts predict that other specialties may soon face labor shortages as well.


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