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The need for qualified professionals

The shortage of qualified professionals is now a reality all over Germany. Even in the economically strong FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region, increasing specialisation and demographic change are presenting large challenges particularly to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

According to analyses by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the companies in FrankfurtRheinMain currently lack 89,000 professionals. Due to the departure of the "baby boomers" (birth-strong cohorts) from working life, it is to be feared that the challenge of finding qualified specialists will grow further. There has been an on-going nationwide shortage of staff in the following areas since 2011:

  • the so called ‘MINT’ professions: mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology – particularly in energy and electronics (STEM)
  • the health professions – especially nurses, including geriatric nurses
  • skilled trades in construction and building technology

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly affected by the shortage of qualified professionals. They often lack the resources necessary to successfully acquire staff. While an international job market for well-paid qualified professionals already exists, including appropriate HR tools and contractual incentives, recruiting qualified staff in professions with average income is a big challenge.

There are many unfilled vocational training positions. This especially affects smaller businesses. There is a constant shortage of trainees in the following areas:

  • business organisation (office communications, commercial jobs)
  • the services sector
  • skilled trades, construction and building technology, industry
  • the health professions – especially nurses and geriatric nurses

In an age of internationalisation and high unemployment in many other European countries and around the world, it is of course important to attract trained individuals to the FrankfurtRheinMain region. Besides their essential professional qualifications, they enrich our region with new ideas and cultural skills. Ideally, the well-integrated international qualified professionals will stay for life, and so help to keep the region economically strong in the long term.

Germany and, in particular, the FrankfurtRheinMain region benefit from a stable economic climate and are thereby attractive destinations for highly qualified professionals from around the world.

In many cases, international qualified professionals initially apply to large and well-known companies, which means that SME’s lose out. Due to their flat hierarchies, direct channels and exciting workplaces, small and medium-sized businesses in particular provide the best conditions for a successful entry into a profession. 

Start a discussion on international qualified professionals in your company. A few simple steps are often all that it takes. Find out how to successfully recruit and integrate international qualified professionals by visiting our website.

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