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{Replica} Plain text on the shortage of skilled workers: Only cheap engineers & IT people asked?

Granted, the headline is a bit bold: It shows very nicely what many Company seem to think about their specialists - at least if you follow Karl Brenke from DIW. Because he spoke up again in an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung with the steep thesis: "Only cheap skilled workers are rare".

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The quote

In the interview, Brenke says:

They [companies] complain about a lack of people at a certain price. In addition, hardly a person responsible for the personnel is happy to say that he has a simple job - but he would if he could easily find skilled personnel.

Only a cheap specialist is a good specialist

Meanwhile jumps, after various other media, now also the Süddeutsche Newspaper on the train on the subject Skills shortage to be viewed somewhat more critically and in a differentiated manner.

In your Items "Unsuccessful job search How the shortage of skilled workers frustrates applicants" Nicola Holzapfel reports on various examples of people who cannot find a job despite an alleged shortage of skilled workers. And notice in the end: something is wrong with the labor market.

Plain text from the DIW

Even in a radio interview cusses Dr. Karl Brenke from the German Institute for Economic Research openly: "There is no shortage of skilled workers." And even more, he also explains why the federal government and business have started the Blue Card initiative anyway: "It's about lowering wages!"

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One million vacancies unoccupied?

One million jobs are said to be vacant in Germany - the Federal Government has now launched the Blue Card, a skilled workers initiative that will allow foreign skilled workers to work in Germany - but for a comparatively low fee.

But the economic expert Karl Brenke, a research assistant at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) doubts that there is a shortage of skilled workers at all. The government just wants to push the wages in this country, says Brenke.

Bold step

Almost funny, as the moderator always checked again, whether it is not somehow and if not now but then somehow skilled craftsman. This shows that the attitude on the subject is so gradually tipping in the media.

This has been more cautious over a year ago: Even then, the skills-shortage theory was already criticized by Brenke - but much more restrained and with less clear words.


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Analysis of the Federal Employment Agency: Yes, there is a shortage of skilled workers

Meanwhile, our reader Lars Hahn has made a comment to a recently published analysis of the Federal Employment Agency.

And she says yes there is a shortage of skilled workers. But only in a few specific occupations.

What does the Federal Employment Agency say?

Just yesterday, to match the broadcast of the ARD report broadcast, the Federal Employment Agency published the paper "Skilled labor bottlenecks in Germany"

Analysis June 2012. It says clear and clearly:

Currently it shows no nationwide skills shortage: in Germany. There are, however, bottlenecks in individual professional groups and regions.

In which professions do forces lack?

Naturally, the Federal Employment Agency also reveals which professions these are. Namely:

  • Engineers Metal construction and welding technology (highly qualified experts)
  • Engineers Machine and vehicle engineering professions (highly qualified experts)
  • Engineers Mechatronics, energy and electrical engineering (highly qualified experts)
  • Engineers technical research and development (highly qualified experts)
  • Engineers technical drawing, construction and modeling (highly qualified experts)
  • Engineers Supply and disposal (highly qualified experts)
  • Highly qualified experts in the field of computer science
  • Highly qualified experts in IT application consulting
  • Highly qualified software development and programming experts
  • additional health care and nursing care

 The problem in a nutshell

Lars Hahn also aptly summed up the problem:

Currently VDI, BDI, undifferentiated for MINT professions. That, however, many engineering degrees, in particular bachelor's, are not part of the occupations of the trades unfortunately goes under the discussion.

For the rest, the engineers will be the first academics to be in trouble at the next economic downturn.

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