Shortage of skilled workers - a word of mouth?
I am disturbed by the fact that the issue of skilled labor has now become a winged word, which must serve as an argument for all kinds of measures - such as the pension with 67 or the women's quota.
The argument of politicians is used in a completely unreflected manner and in an undifferentiated way. As said one of my readers so beautiful: "It's just total ignorance of the situation. You only get to know them when you are an engineer or an engineer on the market. "
Technology vs. training
The labor market reflects social and technological change. One problem is, for example, that the technology can be developed faster than can be developed.
An example of one of my readers: One Company is looking for a programmer for touch-sensitive screens. Since there are not so long touch-sensitive screens, the number of people who have done this before, rather low. A computer scientist or electrical engineer can fulfill this task very well, if he deals with this topic in a company for about 1 year. However, due to time or financial reasons, the company can not invest a whole year in a new employee until it works productively. Therefore, the company speaks of a skills shortage, while on the other hand, there are many graduates and senior engineers looking for a job. Here, the companies themselves would be in demand to further educate their employees instead of looking for fully trained specialists.
The 0 risk preparedness of HR departments
The willingness of companies and personnel departments to take risks in new appointments with people who do not fit 100% into the applicant profile is also extremely low - also a consequence of the generally prevailing uncertainty.
Recently, the Institute for Labor Market and Professional Research (IAB), which is part of the Federal Agency for Labor, reportedthat 2013, the proportion of non-permanent fixed-term contracts, has increased to 48 per cent of all employment contracts. While 2001 had around 550.000 of such contracts in 1,3, XNUMX millions last year.
Unjustified time limits are increasing
Above all, according to IAB, companies are reverting to the unconscionable deadline for newly created jobs. However, an increasing number of employers are also making use of the fact that they have already been established. In this way, the probationary period is extended. However, this also shows how much companies are struggling with the changing social framework conditions, the term globalization, and the extent to which uncertainty is felt in German companies:
The IAB considers it unlikely that a ban on time limits will lead to more attitudes. Instead, it is assumed that companies then increasingly resort to cooperation or freelance work in order to check whether a new position is profitable at all. Nobody wants to make the mistake of hiring the wrong employee.
What is the general mood?
As part of the interview, I was also asked if there is a mood among the discussants, for example against immigrants. In addition a clear "no" from me.
The people are there very differentiated: The anger is directed against the employers, the temporary employment agencies and engineering service providers and the Association of German engineers (VDI) and the policy: they are sometimes somewhat polemically assumed to deliberately spread false figures to specifically presses wages , There is no mood against immigrants - people know that least of all they can.
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