{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.

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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 kindergartens, but there are no educators I can run you with."
  • "I have so many jobs, but I can not work without a locksmith."
  • "I'd like to grow, but I can not do it without it."
  • "This winter, my customers will have to wait at least 4 weeks for an installer."
  • "My employees are getting restless. There are no Azbis in the company where 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 "Special Forces - The Fata Morgana", 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 articles funny that emanate from the shortage of skilled workers and then wonder how the companies actually act and what they take out. The equation is quite simple if one assumes that the companies nunmal have NO engineer shortage. Because even a 3 man operation would treat a capable man differently if they needed him - albeit not 100% fittingly - urgently.

      I think I have already told in my blog from our large business application round (to "best" engineering times, when you HÄNDERINGEND people looked for - allegedly):
      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 bring me further in my experience. Exciting - I think - what applicants experience every day in practice. I am pretty sure that years ago I invented the "mystery application" or coined the term and the service. "Mystery Application" is just something like "mystery shopping" just in the application process. And "Mystery Application" brings out amazing things. For example, last year I did a study in education marketing. Companies that train at least three apprentices per year and at the same time actively sought, ie spend money for ads (offline + online) were written by a fictional candidate by letter, who kindly inquired about his options. The result: 40% of the companies did NOT respond and most of the respondents did not really motivate them to apply there. Nobody can seriously convince me that companies would react that way if there was a serious shortcoming. More, often unbelievable, details about the study are in the above mentioned article in brand one. These abuses are not only in competition for the school leavers. In our projects, we experience real satires every day in practically all industries and positions. So your question can be summarized as follows: It is best to keep the staff responsible with a wink before the mirror, then it is usually recognized where there is room for improvement. Incidentally, it is always the case that the companies, who are already dream companies, are interested in further improving themselves and bringing professionals into the house to shed light on the processes - the companies that need it most often complain rather than complaining to compete with other companies to compete and to 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 "endurance runners", ie each week up to 3 applicants are "passed through" for 10: in the month, 120 applicants are then assigned 3-4. The HR 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 SchwarzGeld of 66k €. 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 know only one direction, down? 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 "about the circumstances" will in the future also include "something to eat every day". All this we do for an artificial market construct that is directed against man, against his 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 really wants to study a career choice, that would be medicine or law. A doctor must certainly have certain qualities and abilities, Jura - in my opinion - anyone (the difficulties some may have during their studies are more likely to be explained by the abilities of those who start their studies - someone who studies math, physics or medicine could also "pass through" law with a high probability of success).

        Law and medicine promise in the long term top salaries, jobs and - comparatively, cf. Engineer but also controller - reasonable work (yes, I KNOW the conditions in hospitals, unpaid willingness is not GAR). Besides, as bitter as that sounds, jobs in the bank are not that bad. Against the salary of a clerk (with REALLY generic job) of the Landesbank stinks my still quite good engineering salary but something from!

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

        Generally, the less specific (... humanities ...), the fewer problems to find at least ONE job. Who is hiring the physicist with a focus on quantum mechanics? And please do not come to me with the "Consulting" lie. Knowledge is obviously - in our economic system - a shame. Maybe we'll get the receipt soon.

        Incidentally, even worse is that industrial jobs "bale", that is, the hair stylist can work anywhere from Lake Constance to the North Sea, the engineer has 5 regions from which he can choose (and some really ass-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]

          However, I must disagree from my own bad experience: As a generalist (and humanities scholar) you have just in Germany very bad cards. Even if your thesis sounds damn logical, companies are still looking for specialists. You only have bad luck if you have not specialized in the right one. There I also see the fundamental problem of the whole story - at least in Germany: It is still "training for the job that you do for a lifetime." The fact that sometimes you can change your profession and continue education, shining in German minds as before to be a problem.

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