The reaction follows a report in expatriate guide, How to Germany, detailing the benefits of moving to the country for those with experience in the engineering industry.
For a country with the highest number of employed engineers in the European Union, it seems strange that workers from all over the world are being welcomed with open arms to take up positions within the sector. Germany’s strong emphasis on science and technology has always led its engineering industry to be held in high regard, but in recent years it has struggled to convince its younger population to take entry level jobs in the profession. As a result, this has left the country facing concerns regarding a population imbalance within the engineering workforce.
Companies across the country are facing replacement problems if they do not act to fill these prospective positions quickly, with 21 per cent of all engineering workers over 55 years of age. Consequently, worldwide recruitment drives have been encouraged by leading industry professionals, as well as moves by high-ranking government politicians to relax work permit controls for workers in the sector.
Hamburg and Stuttgart have been earmarked as the cities with the most vacancies, with Berlin and Munich not far behind. Due to the size of many of the corporations looking to refresh their workforce, there is no prerequisite in regards to being able to speak the language. This, however, becomes less applicable when enquiring about roles with smaller companies, especially those in non-industrial areas.
A spokesperson for Interdean, market leaders in international relocation, has released the following statement in response to the report: ‘This presents yet another reason why Germany is becoming one of the most ideal destinations for expatriates the world over.
‘The engineering industry has long been regarded as one of the most competitive in Europe, so news of such a large-scale recruitment drive in a country of Germany’s size – especially one that can boast such economic strength – is undoubtedly a huge draw for professionals within the sector. With huge investments constantly being made into Germany’s infrastructure, there are a huge number of opportunities available to those serious about undertaking a new challenge in their careers.’
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