{Replica} Differentiated consideration instead of cheap polemics: lack of skilled workers pros and cons

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As already reported yesterday, in Germany again violently discussed about the shortage of skilled workers. And that's probably too polemical. Because the whole picture you have to see more differentiated: There is Companywho are actually lacking skilled workers - and those who have no problems filling posts.

{Replica} Differentiated consideration instead of cheap polemics: lack of skilled workers pros and cons {Replica} Differentiated consideration instead of cheap polemics: lack of skilled workers pros and cons

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Majority: Majority without problems

The big ones Company obviously have fewer problems - this confirms the discussion that I published here yesterday. The job exchange Jobstairs, for example, has interviewed its members, 56 large German companies. They are largely satisfied with the current number and quality of applicants for 2012.

More than two-thirds of respondents see no change or even an improvement over the previous year. 67,6 percent of the surveyed companies are satisfied with the number of applications received.

The demand for technical professions is currently just a little short. Trainees for metal and electrical professions, such as mechatronics or industrial mechanics, but also budding railroad workers, are in particular demand.

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Applicant: Quality with small drawbacks

64,7 percent of the surveyed companies are largely satisfied with the quality of the applicants, with 2,9 percent even exceeding expectations. But: 32,4 percent complain about missing or inadequate qualifications among prospective job entrants, in particular, lacking good academic performance in the relevant subjects.

However, 36,4 percent of the survey participants are already aware of the fact that they will occupy all of their training places for 2012.

Small businessmen: Too complicated?

So we have no professional defenses and companies whine on a high level? Maybe. But smaller companies, often less paying or less known, have problems. Antje Rabenalt of the future in the center has interviewed some smaller companies and kindly made a few statements available to me:

  • "I can build and manage daycare centers, but there are no educators with whom I can run them."
  • "I have so many orders, but I can't complete them without a locksmith."
  • "I would like to grow, but I can't do it without the staff who work."
  • "This winter my customers will have to wait at least 4 weeks for an installer."
  • “My employees are getting restless. There are no Azbis left in the company to whom they can pass on their experience. ”

So is there a shortage of skilled workers or are the small business owners just too scared to find the right people, like Dr. Brenke has been making fun of? In any case, it turns out that one has to look at the topic very differentiated.

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    Differentiated consideration: what speaks for and against the existence of a # shortage of skilled workers via @SimoneJanson

  2. Axel Haitzer

    "There is just as little a deficit as there is a customer deficit."

    Clearly, as well as customers, motivated specialists are a scarce resource. But
    Anyone who offers attractive products and services at a fair market price and who advertises appropriately will find customers. So it is with the workplaces. Anyone who has interesting jobs to do in an adequate environment, fairly paid and communicates professionally, finds qualified and motivated employees. At best, there is a lack of faithful, humble, and uninformed candidates who are prepared to carry out boring work for a pittance in a dull environment for unknown companies.

    Frequently, the requirements that companies place on applicants are often overstated, and more generally, they focus more on specialist knowledge than on behavioral profiles and potentials.

    Also interesting is the article “Skilled labor shortage - the mirage”, who appeared in brandeins last month

    What the entrepreneur and writer Walther Rathenau said before 100 years, is still valid today:

    "The complaint about the sharpness of the competition is really only a complaint about the lack of own ideas."

    If vacancies can not be filled, it is because of the attractiveness of the job, the attractiveness of the company, but mostly due to lack of or poor communication. As already mentioned: There is no shortage of skilled workers!

    And because there is hardly an employer with a professional personnel marketing strategy positioned at the moment, especially for small and medium-sized companies, active companies are ahead of the competition and the best talent.

    With a tailor-made and professionalized personal marketing campaign, every company can even occupy the most difficult positions. Wanna bet?

    • damaged

      I always find it funny that there are shortages of skilled workers and then wonder how the companies actually act and what they take out. The equation simply works if you assume that the companies have NO lack of engineers. Because even a 3-man company would treat a capable man differently if they urgently needed him - if not 100% suitable.

      I think I have already told you about my large company application round here in the blog (at “best” engineering times, when you were looking for HANDSOME people - supposedly):
      the colleagues in the offices groaned as I was led around: even the 20ste applicants to the place this week - we hardly come to work (large automotive supplier in Stuttgart).

      Only to rebut the large-company argument, in the 60-man operation was similar, under 3 application rounds goes nix (I lacked I could probably hardly 3 round turn or FILL!).

      So for me EVERY discussion, every joke, every philosophizing about the behavior of companies waste - because the acceptance of the shortage of skilled workers is pointless.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Haitzer,
      thanks for this differentiated comment. Exactly the topic of personnel marketing was also discussed at the event. Dr. Brenke was booed not least because he said something in the way. The problem is, however, as with all consulting services: How do you explain to people that the problem is actually theirs? And can you really generalize that? And what do you say differently to people who can not find a job?

      Simone Janson

      • Axel Haitzer

        Hello, Mrs. Simone Janson,

        Thank you for your questions - I like to go into detail, so that we can look the facts together directly in the eye.

        SJ - How do you explain to people that the problem is actually theirs?
        AH - Number games and statistics do not help us in my experience. What I find exciting is what applicants experience in practice every day. I am quite sure that I invented the “mystery application” years ago and coined the term and the service. “Mystery Application” is something like “Mystery Shopping” only in the application process. And "Mystery Application" brings out amazing things. For example, last year I did a study in training marketing. Firms that train at least three trainees a year and are actively looking for money, i.e. spending money on ads (offline + online), were contacted by letter from a fictitious applicant who kindly asked about their options. The result: 40% of the companies did NOT respond and most of those who did not really motivate to apply there. Nobody can really make me believe that companies would react this way if there was a serious shortcoming. Further, often almost unbelievable, details about the study can be found in the above-mentioned article on brand eins. These abuses do not only exist in the competition for school leavers. We experience real satire in practically all industries and positions in our projects. So your question can be summarized as follows: The best thing to do is hold up a mirror to the HR manager with a wink, then it is usually recognized where there is room for improvement. Incidentally, it is always the case that the companies, which are already dream companies, are interested in improving themselves further and bringing in professionals in order to illuminate the processes - the companies that need it most prefer to whine instead of complaining in competition to measure professionals with other companies and actually improve things.

        SJ - And can you really generalize that?
        AH - It is time and again purposeful to go from the general Blabla & sweeping whining into the concrete. I am always happy to speak to entrepreneurs and recruiters who complain to the media that they do not find employees and offer support. In the dialogue is then again and again clear that it is not sooooo bad. Funny! In all these years, I have never met a businessman who seriously looks for employees and does not find one. The prerequisite is, of course, and I repeat that an interesting task is to be filled in an adequate environment, which is paid fairly and the vacancy is communicated professionally. It just is not enough these days just to report the job to the employment agency, post it on the company website and to place a small text text message.

        SJ - And what do you say differently to people who can not find a job?
        AH - The answer is simple: After there is no real shortage of skilled workers, all you have to do is market yourself properly. But the good news is that the opportunities for candidates who are doing well are getting better and better. I do not deny that the population in Germany is declining, but only that there is a shortage of skilled workers, so companies that are seriously looking for people would not get any.

        Greetings from Rosenheim
        Axel Haitzer

        • damaged

          Hello Mr. Haitzer,

          Thank you for your contribution. I consider her work to be very serious and competent, which I would much more frequently in this subject area.

          What I had experienced as an engineer at the time of an application, I should best pour into a book, which would make the Dilberts appear as a kind of book.

          I've experienced egomaniacs and totally incompetent contacts (let's do that to the boss), completely wrong job descriptions (and of course, wonder why my skills do not fit on the presented site). The company does not report on applications seems completely normal (congestion, since apparently too many applicants - and on very specific posts).

          Large companies already carry out assessment centers as "long-distance runners", ie up to 3 applicants are "passed through" for 10 areas each week: 120-3 of the 4 applicants are hired each month. The human resources department also wants to be employed.

          But the problem seems quite simple to me: we no longer have enough work, and so a considerable labor supply overhang. In contrast to many a study, I think that this could be remedied by a shrinkage of Germany - the internal market is not important to us anyway.

          In addition, I'm sure that in the near future industrial jobs will go even more massive to China - and especially engineering!

  3. Mistake

    So much for quality:

    “Applicants: quality with small drawbacks”

    A screamer ...

    • Simone Janson

      Well. from a high-quality comment I would expect a more sophisticated statement and not a carelessly hinger phrase!

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  5. damaged

    Today it happened, finally, companies can hire cheap workers from abroad: the income limit for “skilled workers” is reduced by € 66k by SchwarzGeld. And probably drastically.

    To the article: I am really sorry, but if we have to differentiate soooo hard then THERE IS NO EXPERT DEFICIENCY.

    Why do we Germans only know one direction, downwards? We are happy about every country that goes down the drain because they live “beyond their means”. And Merkel is already preparing us for the fact that “beyond the circumstances” will in future also include “something to eat every day”. We do all of this for an artificial market construct that is directed against people, against their nature and nature, earth and environment.

    Again: for engineers, today is an engineer, tomorrow unemployed or the cheapest temporary workers. There's nothing left to stop. Only - and I have written it here several times - I hope to be able to stop perhaps one or two young people from engineering studies, that would be my personal success.

    • Simone Janson

      That's great that we know what your goal is. Then you are welcome to comment further ;-) But you also have some new contacts here. But how could it be more constructive? What should the young people study instead? Where are the prospects really good and safe, as many wish?

      • damaged

        First: I am confused by the GermanEnglish, I probably missed something?

        Pointing to a problem is easier than offering the solution. However, I believe that by destroying the engineering profession, as it has been since 10 years, the German economy will suffer in the long run. If, however, the Chinese are developing and researching the products anyway, and with a proper budget (!), Then that does not matter to us.

        I wish I had more time to write ...

        If I had to advise someone who absolutely wanted to study to choose a career, that would be medicine or law. A doctor must still have certain characteristics and skills, law - in my opinion - anyone can (the difficulties that some of them may have in studying are explained more by the skills of those who start studying - someone who is studying math, physics or medicine) could “pull through” law with a high probability of success).

        Law and medicine promise top salaries, jobs and - comparatively, cf. Engineer but also controller - reasonable workload (yes, I KNOW the conditions in hospitals, unpaid willingness does NOT work). In addition - as bitter as it sounds - jobs “in the bank” are probably not that bad. Against the salary of a clerk (with REALLY generic job) at the Landesbank, my still quite good engineering salary stinks from something like that!

        Otherwise, you should of course choose what corresponds to your own interests and abilities, if necessary also: DO NOT STUDY!

        In general, the less specific (... humanities ...), the fewer problems with finding at least ONE job. Who hires the physicist with a focus on quantum mechanics? And please don't come to me with the "Consulting" lie. Knowledge is obviously a shame in our economic system. Maybe we'll get the receipt soon.

        What is even worse, of course, is that industrial jobs naturally “bunch up”, ie the hair stylist can work anywhere from Lake Constance to the North Sea, the engineer has 5 regions from which to choose (and some really ass-of-the-world locations of large companies).

        • Simone Janson

          Hello victim,
          first of all to the technology: If you the (not yet completed) mechanical English translation is displayed, then you have probably come with the English URL on the page - so .. / en / .. - and now I wonder how that could happen? Did you google that? Or is your browser in standard language English? Just because I try to make the site even clearer ...

          On the subject: If you look closely, then you will find that both Mr. Haitzer (see below) and I share your opinion - we express a little less polemical.
          Well, if lawyers earn so much ... the problem with the doctors you have even recognized ... but those are the first who are migrating ...

          Your statement

          In general: the less special (... mental sciences ...), the less problems at least find a job. [Quote-end]

          I have to contradict from my own bad experience: As a generalist (and humanities scholar) you have extremely bad cards, especially in Germany. Even if your thesis sounds damn logical, companies are still primarily looking for specialists. You only have bad luck if you just don't specialize in the right one. That is where I see the fundamental problem in all of history - at least in Germany: it is still “training for the job that you do for a lifetime.” The fact that you can change your job and get further training seems to be a problem in German minds.

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