Significantly more applications - especially from abroad

The Federal Statistical Office has published the recognition figures for 2022. In 2022, for the first time since Corona, the Federal Statistical Office recorded significantly more recognitions. 52,300 people received their recognition notification in this country. This is an increase of 11% compared to 2021. The number of new applications also rose sharply, by 13% compared to the previous year. This development is enormously important for Germany: Most companies face immense skills shortages.

Ninety-six per cent of applicants received a positive decision from the German authorities. Most applications concerned health professions, including above all nurses and doctors - there is a great shortage of skilled workers in these professions. Most applications came from third countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Philippines and Turkey.

The BIBB Recognition Monitoring also published a more detailed evaluation of the statistics on federal occupations. Almost 80% of new applications were submitted for occupations that are regulated under federal law, a total of around 39,300 applications. More than 32,000 of all new applications concerned a qualification acquired in a third country. Moreover, half of these were submitted from abroad, mainly from third countries. This continues the trend of increasing applications from abroad.

Recognition is an important building block for recruiting skilled workers. Especially in non-regulated occupations, it is the basis for rapid and long-term integration. When processing applications, the BQ-Portal supports above all the chambers with a wide range of information. In the case of non-regulated occupations such as plant mechanics for sanitary, heating and air conditioning technology, the chambers can now access more than 5,500 foreign professional profiles from over 100 countries.

Recogniton Portal "Recognition in Germany" (in German)

Federal Statistical Office (in German)