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VDI Labor Market Data
As of September 2012, there were 80,500 vacancies for engineers in industry-related positions.
As of September 2012, there were 80,500 vacancies for engineers in industry-related positions. Mechanical engineering with 25,500 vacancies and electrical engineering with 18,700 were mostly affected. Contrastingly, there were 23,251 unemployed engineers in September 2012; most of them are surveyors and architects.
The unemployment rate for engineers in Germany is well below 3 percent. Accordingly, there is a shortage of engineers, especially in the mechanical and electrical engineering professions. This shortage is also evident from the time that it takes to fill vacancies. On average, companies need 114 days to fill positions for electrical engineers, and 113 days for mechanical engineers, respectively.
One issue is that – in comparison to other EU countries - Germany has the largest share of older engineers. Despite a rising number of graduates, Germany is still reliant on migration of skilled workers to fill these demographic gaps within the next years.
For further information please refer to VDI Labor market data.
About the VDI
The VDI (Association of German Engineers) is based in Duesseldorf, Germany and represents the engineering and technology branch. It is the largest technical-scientific association in Germany with almost 150,000 members and is both a developer and disseminator of technological expertise.
Dr. Ina Kayser
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