How everything began
The discussion had to Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® 2009 started harmlessly with a few reader comments, but then expanded to a veritable discussion and finally culminated in the establishment of a counter-association to the Association of German engineers. Because, as it says in the description of the program:
Hardly any lobbying association has worked so hard to get foreign skilled workers into the country, like the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI). It is engineers themselves who accuse the club of letting themselves go Company instrumentalize and express the minimum salary. Because the engineering association regularly comes up with horror figures, the engineering profession has been declared a first class shortage and now allows companies to hiring highly skilled foreign skilled workers at a minimum wage of 32.500 Euros a year. Previously, this limit was 66.000 Euro. Skilled workers from Spain, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria are to pour onto the German labor market with Blue Card and European free movement. Germany is proud to support crisis states by taking the unemployed.
Reader on the palm
This is exactly what our readers have been upset about for years. In 2014 a highly regarded book by Martin Gaedt was published. Under the title “Myth of Skilled Workers Shortage”, he throws out the lack of activity with regard to the training and further education of young people.
O-tone of the book: Fachkräfftemangel is often made home and it must be differentiated much more. In issue 12 / 2014 I wrote on the topic also the article From because of lack.
To the broadcast
I'm curious what happens during and after the program. I have not even seen the finished result, but my interview already here concludes.
In any case, all interested are invited to discuss the topic. Sending dates are:
- Mo, 21.07.14 | 22: 45 Clock | The first
- Di, 22.07.14 | 04: 45 Clock | The first
It was a good 10 days ago that on July 21 the ARD broadcast “The fairy tale of a shortage of skilled workers” was broadcast on the Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®.de was instrumental in helping with research, networking with potential interviewees and, ultimately, contributing to their own words.
Since then, there have been a number of exciting resonances.
At last people with the same opinion!
What really touched me personally: Immediately after the broadcast, numerous engineers spoke up, thanking us for our work, because they realized through the show that they are not alone with their problem of not finding a job. Regina wrote to me:
Hello Mrs. Janson, on Monday my husband and I have you in the Labor Reportation - The fairy tale of skilled laborers - seen and heard. We are so good at hearing people who share the same opinion as us.
Facts that make you angry
Here one notices how frustrating and mentally distressing it is for many people to hear over and over again the complaints of the employers about the alleged shortage of skilled workers, to belong to the corresponding target group - and yet to find no job.
Other listeners were also affected. Continuing education writer Martin Salwiczek writes: "The film was awesome, angry." (https://twitter.com/MSalwiczek/status/491344506173030400)
Discussion is launching a new blog project
What was great was that there were constructive tips to solve the problem. So Clara shared her experiences with hundreds of applications as an engineer and her consequence: Emigration!
In the end, we have simply left the country and have been living abroad for more than 5 years, some of us outside Europe, are all in wages and bread and no longer worry about the German system. We do not care anymore. Our children are multi-lingual and are currently studying for their master's degrees (also engineering sciences ).
Since the topic is met with great interest by other readers, Clara has now decided to implement something that she has obviously been carrying around for some time: in her own blog project, she will now report on emigrating as an engineer. We can be curious.
In addition, there was also criticism of the design of the program - in the form of a well-founded review by Gerhard Kenk, author of the Crosswater Job Guide, which compared the structure of the reportage with a Telenovela. For his taste, the show was a bit too much feuilleton and little analysis.
He was not quite wrong; for me, too, it would have been a little less. Here, of course, the fact that facts should be presented to the viewer as a light diet and in memorable pictures is of course the most important factor.
The most important facts at a glance
But I was enthusiastic about the fact that the show succeeded in presenting all important and highly different aspects of the subject in such a short time.
I'm just not convinced that even people who have no idea about the topic have understood everything. Since Gerhard Kenk is due to the fact that he has summarized the most important facts in his contribution. For example:
- Karl Brenke (DIW) defines the skilled labor force as follows: On 1 place 3 applicants come - this is not a clear deficiency situation.
- Martin Gaedt (author of “Mythos Skills Shortage”): Headlines are easily picked up by the media.
- IW multiplies the vacancies times 7 - that is lying with numbers.
- The labor gap is 6.5 million, which alone is not yet a basis for a professional deficit.
- Cheap wages for skilled workers: The annual salary was reduced from 66.000 via 47.000 to 32.000 Euro.
- And much more - to do so simply read the post.
Does drawer deficiency work like fruit yoghurt?
Respect specialist Bettina Schöblitz gives a slightly different overview: she questions the various facts of lying and in a witty way by counteracting them with everyday examples.
The example of the disappointed employer, who only receives six applications, of which he could immediately stop four, but is nevertheless disappointed. Is it a real deficiency if I can “only” choose between six types of strawberry yogurt in the supermarket and none of them meet my requirements for 183 ml content and 47% fruit content?
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