The Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) said more than 50% of companies in its confectionery industry also have difficulty finding suitable trainees for nutritional or technical professions. It often takes up to a year to fill vacancies for interns. In some cases, positions remain vacant.
With currently two million vacancies in German companies and a shrinking working-age population of around 400,000 people a year, the government must do more to attract skilled and unskilled workers, the BDSI said.
“One of the main challenges for almost all companies in our industry is the recruitment of workers, especially in production, but also in many other areas of work. We not only need skilled workers from overseas, but also urgently need workers for simple production activities“, said Bastian Fassin, president of the BDSI.
“It is good and fair that the federal government wants to introduce new immigration legislation. However, this must take into account the labor required by the companies and must be implemented as soon as possible – be designed in a non-bureaucratic way“
Fassin said the BDSI had written to the government with its recommendations, including:
• easier immigration to Germany also for people without qualifications and without professional qualifications as well as for young people wishing to study in Germany
• dismantle bureaucratic obstacles related to immigration as quickly as possible
• priority of immigration to the labor market over immigration to social systems
• no expulsion for refugees integrated in Germany with an employment relationship subject to social security contributions.
As ConfectioneryNews reported last month, the German confectionery industry has also warned the federal government that jobs are at risk in many small and medium-sized family businesses due to broken supply chains, energy costs, raw material costs – and raw materials. availability of material for future productions, including Christmas orders.