Selin ATAY-TDO- German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a summit on the skilled labor shortfall. The government aims to solve the problem of finding qualified workers by cooperating with the German business community, Merkel said, and added that “Germany needs to offer more attractive conditions for qualified employees than other countries.".

Merkel stressed that Germany would provide more specialized training in this field to close the gap on skilled labor. “But it will not be enough to take these steps, Germany should also take qualified workers from non-EU countries.” She said.

German Energy and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier also noted that the federal government and the German business community are planning pilot projects in Brazil, India and Vietnam.

The anti-Islam far-right Alternative for Germany party said it opposes the newly qualified labor force policies, saying: “the focus of the work should be on preventing professionals from leaving Germany. The introduction of qualified workers from abroad will further raise the problem of Immigration and social welfare systems."

The new law on qualified labor force in Germany will come into force on March 1, 2020. The law aims to facilitate the arrival of qualified workers from outside the EU into Germany.

Experts estimate that the German economy suffers a loss of about 30 billion euros a year due to a shortage of qualified workers. In Germany, there is a shortage of qualified labor force in about 60 professions, while nurses, patient and elderly caregivers, construction workers, IT professionals are among the most sought-after occupations.

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