Currently, Germany is struggling with a shortage of IT experts, nurses, cooks, and other skilled employees, thus they decided to hire foreign skilled workers. For this sake, business leaders and the government have agreed on a plan to make the immigration process more convenient for foreign workers.

On Monday, the government of Germany agreed on a plan to engage foreign workers to control shortfall of labor, following a summit with business representatives and union officials.

What they agreed:

  • Companies will assist new employees with German language training, finding a place to live and navigating bureaucracy.
  • Businesses will also offer more targeted jobs at foreigners.
  • Germany’s government will speed up the visa process so employees may start their jobs quickly.
  • Recognition of overseas qualifications and evaluation of credentials will be made easier.
  • The government’s information portal “Make it in Germany,” which includes a hotline and jobs board, will play a key role.

Jobs are in focus:

 Germany is facing a shortfall of computer scientists and software developers, electrical engineers, metal workers and mechatronics engineers, nurses, cooks, and aged care workers. The government has been looking to draw immigrants from different countries.

Germany’s new immigration rule:

The plans are part of Germany’s new immigration law, the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which will be implemented on March 1st. The government will boost all skilled workers under the plan, including supporting unemployed people in Germany to become qualified for needed positions. It will also continue to recruit skilled workers from fellow EU-member states.

Peter Altmaier,  Economy Minister said that Germany’s economy stands to benefit greatly from an influx of skilled workers.

“We could have more economic growth if we had enough skilled workers,” he said.

German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel described the summit as “a true success.” She expressed that the plans represent a “paradigm shift” in the way Germany has offered workers from overseas.

She stated, “It’s not only us who are looking at the world’s professionals. “There is great competition in this area.”

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