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Anastasia Diel / Jasmina Kirchhoff IW-Trends No. 3 25. October 2018 Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers in the German Pharmaceutical Industry?

Due to its specific employment structure, the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly being affected by Germany’s widely attested labour shortage. Although in general companies in the sector are actually less affected by bottlenecks than other industries, this is no reason for complacency.

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Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers in the German Pharmaceutical Industry?
Anastasia Diel / Jasmina Kirchhoff IW-Trends No. 3 25. October 2018

Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers in the German Pharmaceutical Industry?

IW-Trends

German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

Due to its specific employment structure, the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly being affected by Germany’s widely attested labour shortage. Although in general companies in the sector are actually less affected by bottlenecks than other industries, this is no reason for complacency.

Firstly, the pharmaceutical industry employs an above-average proportion of skilled workers. Further, pharmaceutical companies’ employees in the „mechanical and industrial engineering“ and „technical production planning and control“ professions are more likely to be in hard-to-fill positions than their colleagues not only in their own workforce but also in manufacturing as a whole. As a result, the pharmaceutical sector is also competing with other branches of industry in these strategically sensitive areas. However, there are not only shortages among highly qualified staff. Although there are bottlenecks only in selected skilled trades, these tend to be in fields that are critical for the pharmaceutical industry, such as „chemistry“. In view of the high employment share of this occupational group, the scarcity of skilled workers identified here affects pharmaceutical companies more than the industrial sector as a whole. This shows that shortages are also emerging among the medium-skilled.

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Is There a Shortage of Skilled Workers in the German Pharmaceutical Industry?
Anastasia Diel / Jasmina Kirchhoff IW-Trends No. 3 25. October 2018

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