Industry leader predicts job boom this year

Industry leader predicts job boom this year
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Germany's labour market will improve this year, with employers offering up to 100,000 new positions, the German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) predicted on Thursday.

The new jobs will accompany a drastic reduction in the Kurzarbeit, or “short-time work” scheme, in which firms put their workers on shorter hours rather than laying them off, DIHK head Martin Wansleben told daily Passauer Neue Presse.

“We’re experiencing what is almost a job wonder,” he told the paper, referencing the Wirtschaftswunder, or “economic miracle” of the West German economy following the Second World War.

Wansleben said his organisation expected the IT service branch, health, aviation and chemical industries to provide the most new jobs as Germany emerges from a recession.

But he also told the paper that the DIHK was concerned about how demographic developments are affecting the professional training market. According to his figures some 50,000 apprenticeship positions went unfilled in 2009, and even more are expected to remain open in 2010.

With that in mind Wansleben said he welcomed new government plans to provide “educational pilots” in schools across the country.

Some 3,200 guidance counsellors will be employed beginning in the seventh grade, Education Minister Annette Schavan announced in April. They will analyse pupils’ interests and abilities, help them stay in school, and support them in the search for a career or higher education.

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