Detlef Schele, the chairperson of Federal Employment Agency (BA), said in an interview that Germany is short of skilled workers.
He stated that Germany’s population growth will lead to a rise of almost 150.000 working-age Germans this year and “much more dramatic” in the next few years.
Scheele said, “From care to air conditioning to logisticians and academics; there will be a shortage everywhere.”
“I don’t know why nobody is talking.”
He said that the problem could only be solved by training up unskilled workers,
helping women involuntarily working part-time hours to do more, and – most importantly of all – by bringing more immigrants to Germany. Scheele stated,
“We need 400.000 immigrants each year.”
“In other words: significantly more than in previous years.” He added it was about “targeted immigration [to fill] gaps in the labour market.”