1. Home
  2. Studies
  3. 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?

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.

Download PDF
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

Download PDF

Share this article:

or copy the following link:

The link was added to your clipboard!

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.

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

Anastasia Diel / Jasmina Kirchhoff: Gibt es einen Fachkräfteengpass in der deutschen Pharmaindustrie?

IW-Trends

Download PDF

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

Share this article:

or copy the following link:

The link was added to your clipboard!

More on the topic

Read the article
Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 30 29. May 2022

Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system

Against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression, more and more families in Ukraine are seeking protection in Germany. On 5 May 2022, around 242,000 underaged refugee from Ukraine were registered in Germany and the influx of refugees continues.

IW

Read the article
Dirk Werner / Anika Jansen / Sarah Pierenkemper / Helen Hickmann / Maria Garb IW-Report No. 25 19. May 2022

Integration through professional recognition for refugees from the Ukraine

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has triggered a wave of refugees, in the course of which many Ukrainians have already come to Germany and more are still to come. For the refugees, protection, childcare and family care are priorities.

IW

More about this topic

Content element with id 8880 Content element with id 9713