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22 June, 2024

Germany turns to foreign and migrant workers to fill positions

Germany needs to fill around two million job vacancies in different sectors across the country

Source: Schengen Visa Info

Germany has decided to turn to migrants as well as foreigners to try and fill job positions as the country continues to face a growing crisis.

Data show that currently, Germany needs to fill around two million job vacancies in different sectors across the country, and for this reason, the authorities already said that they are considering relaxing some of the rules, reports.

Info Migrants explains that last summer the German government said that it is planning to no longer apply strict rules for foreigners who wish to reach the country for work purposes. The authorities made such a statement after various sectors were registering shortages.

The airline industry in Germany is one of the industries that experienced the most significant problems as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions were dropped and more people started traveling. The problems in the industry remain still as some employees had not returned to their job.

The healthcare sector is also dealing with problems and the relevant authorities have already urged the country to accelerate the approval process for international care workers.

According to Info Migrants, around 10,000 healthcare workers are being sought urgently in the state of Lower Saxony. At the same time, it has been pointed out that the number will increase if the authorities do not take the necessary steps to speed up some processes that are taking way too long.

Similar to the above-mentioned, other sectors across the county are dealing with labor shortages. Thus, they have started to look for workers outside the country.

It has been noted that some businesses find it easier to recruit migrants who are already in Germany. Nonetheless, depending on the qualifications, foreigners are being recruited too. Regarding the gender of workers, it has been noted that more women are needed in the country.

Previously, reported that the employment rates of older workers in Germany have been significantly higher in the last decade.

The Federal Statistical Office revealed that the share of workers between the ages 55 and 66 in Germany has increased by ten percent, reaching a total of 72 percent in 2021. This represents a significant increase compared to 2021 when the percentage was around 62 percent.

The Federal Statistical Office further disclosed that the rate of older workers has also increased in the other EU countries – from around 47 percent to 60 percent. Sweden and Denmark are the two countries that have registered the highest increase.

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