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Every unemployed computer scientist has more than five job vacancies t

The Association of German Engineers (VDI) warns about a growing shortage of skilled workers: German companies have to fill an average of 41,350 IT profession vacancies per month.

24 Jun. 2018
Every unemployed computer scientist has more than five job vacancies to choose from (Photo: Bitkom)

The ratio of unemployed computer scientists to job vacancies shows just how dramatic this shortage is: every computer scientist entering the labor market can currently choose from an average of 5.3 job vacancies. A survey by the Association of German Engineers shows that almost two-thirds of all large companies are not receiving enough job applications, while four out of five small and medium-sized enterprises are complaining about too few applications.

Half of respondents stated that their company is thus commissioning third parties with necessary work - with the bitter consequence that the corresponding expertise is also being outsourced. Nearly a third of companies postpone or delay upcoming investments and projects due to the shortage of skilled workers. "This means a loss of speed, which has a particularly high impact on competitiveness in the international market," says Dieter Westerkamp , Division Manager for Technology and Science at VDI, evaluating the situation.

The VDI survey shows the same trend as a study the industry association Bitkom conducted at the end of 2017, which even found 55,000 vacant positions for IT experts. The Bitkom study also reveals another problem: in addition to the lack of IT professions, applicants and employees of many companies show a lack of digital skills. Many entrepreneurs nevertheless consider such skills as at least as important as social skills and technical know-how.