Need for skilled workers in German companies –
which professions are in demand?
In Germany, there is currently no nationwide need for additional skilled workers, but there are already bottlenecks in individual occupational fields and regions.
Technical, health, and care professions are particularly affected. The occupations in which current filling difficulties arise also strongly depend on the level of qualification. A distinction is made between three groups of people: Skilled workers are people who have completed at least two years of vocational training or have a comparable qualification; Specialists are workers with a master craftsman or technician training, a technical / university degree, or a comparable qualification; Experts are people who have at least four years of university education or a comparable qualification.
The shortage of skilled workers in certain occupational groups or regions cannot currently be fully covered by the currently available labor supply. For example, there is a lack of specialists in geriatric care, specialists in specialist nursing, and experts in IT professions such as software development and programming.
Many apprenticeships remain vacant
In addition to the automotive industry, Germany is also known around the world for its excellent dual training system in companies and vocational schools. Because the economy is growing and companies need more skilled workers, the chances of finding a training place in Germany are also growing. Thousands of apprenticeships remain vacant, 53,137 in 2019 alone. Small and medium-sized companies, in particular, are faced with the great challenge of finding suitable trainees in Germany and are expanding their radius. Because even people who do not come from the EU can, under certain conditions, complete vocational training in Germany. The training market is available to EU citizens open anyway in Germany. Regardless of the country of origin, training in Germany opens up good opportunities for entry into the German labor market.