In Germany, the Association of German Engineers (VDI), thru its president, Eike Lehmann, announces a current shortage of skilled workers, in particular, roughly 22.000 engineers, which "is causing concern" and can only be solved "in the short term" by re-hiring "older" unemployed engineers and "excite more women about technical jobs". (Via heise.de)
German business organizations, as well as many of their European or North American counterparts do this once or twice a year, usually some weeks ahead of a national meeting of top-managers with top-politicians.
Always, this behavior serves two purposes:
- Blame the federal and state governments, as well as schools and universities for educating not enough, not well, or not quickly, "resources" to hire.
- Create an atmosphere where outsourcing and wage-dumping using Eastern-European or Asian workers becomes acceptable.
If asked, why they don’t hire locally, the companies usually complain about "lack of talent", "lack of [social] skills", "poor applications".
Lack of talent? My …!
The truth is, the only thing lacking is money.
They’d rather shove it up somewhere dark, than invest in education or training of "human resources".
Since recent years, Germany alone has at least 50.000 unemployed engineers or skilled workers in all kinds of areas. With every round of lay-offs (Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, BenQ, Grundig, AEG, Infineon, Deutsche Bank, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Fiducia, …), more are added to the pool.
However, many unemployed university graduates find a new job. If there are not too old, of course, like over 45 or so.
And not as an engineer or in their profession, may be. May be as a 1€/h kitchen-hand or something.
Workers pension in Germany is federally organized and amounts monthly to roughly 68% of your life-time-averaged monthly income.
Recently, the German federal government increased pension age from 65 to 67.
It didn’t matter, anyway. 20 or 22 years of unemployment?