Recent years have shown that a high level of employment and a low level of unemployment are possible – given the right political choices.

In spite of the successes of Germany’s labour market policies, a large number of people seeking for a job remains – even though skilled workers are desperately needed in times of demographic change. Therefore, increasing the level of employment, encouraging worker mobility, lowering the barriers that keep people from entering the labour market and securing a high number of skilled workers will remain important political goals..

At the same time, new challenges await employers and employees in the near future. Digitisation and internationalisation will influence and shape the working world. An ageing and increasingly heterogeneous workforce will pose new demands to human resource politics. Companies will need to carefully balance these different requirements in order to remain competitive.

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