Germany is feeling the effects of demographic change even today, and this increasingly presents companies with significant challenges. Many of them have trouble finding enough qualified staff for their business requirements. This is especially true for staff with vocational qualifications. Particularly in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – qualified professionals are increasingly scarce. According to estimates, there will be a shortage of 1.4 million qualified professionals in these areas by 2020. As small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have a higher demand for such staff than large corporations, they are especially hard hit by these shortages. At this stage, more than half of all German companies state that they are having trouble finding suitable staff.
Demographic change will increasingly force your company to start thinking about where and how you can recruit suitable staff for your business. Hiring qualified staff from abroad could be a solution. On the one hand, there are already many professionals who have completed vocational training abroad living in Germany. On the other hand, high unemployment levels in some countries in Europe and beyond mean that many qualified professionals are increasingly prepared to move abroad for work. Thanks to the standardized procedure of formal recognition you can reliably assess the qualifications, skills and abilities of foreign professionals and place them in a position suited to their qualifications.
The following pages will assist you in finding qualified international staff. We indicate which factors you should bear in mind when recruiting international professionals and show you how to ensure that international skilled employees stay with your company permanently.