Vacancies among skilled workers are becoming increasingly difficult to fill

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    According to the BA-X job index of the Federal Employment Agency, there have never been so many skilled workers in retail, hospitality, logistics and manufacturing as there are today. There is therefore a risk of a wave of fluctuation on the labor market for skilled workers with vocational training.

    This is the result of a survey by the market research company respondi on behalf of the online portal meinestadt.de, whose aggregated data on employees’ willingness to change jobs is exclusively available to WELT AM SONNTAG. 2,000 non-academic professionals with vocational training between the ages of 18 and 65 took part in the online survey.

    “It is becoming increasingly easier for skilled workers to find something better – and increasingly difficult for employers to retain skilled workers and recruit new skilled workers,” says Mark Hoffmann, CEO of meinestadt.de. The number of advertisements placed on the website in January rose by 61 percent compared to the same month last year. And on average, more positions remain vacant for longer. On average, the position of a geriatric nurse remains open for a total of 238 days. It takes a similar amount of time to fill positions in building materials production (230 days) and floor laying (227 days).

    When it comes to loyalty to the employer, respondents find the behavior of their superiors and the compatibility of work and private life (71 percent each) most important. This is followed by salary (67 percent) and that of colleagues (64.0 percent) and recognition of achievements: 58.2 (percent). In addition, 57 percent of those surveyed are convinced that they can choose the job based on their own qualifications and experience. The younger generation is more self-confident: while 68 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds believe they can choose a job based on their qualifications, the figure is 51.5 percent among 45- to 54-year-olds.