Friday, May 25, 2012

Engineers Barometer: 10,000 open jobs for engineers

The shortage of engineers continues, evidenced by the barometer. Even more: in 2011 increased the demand for engineers by 30% to almost 10,000 vacancies."Despite the crisis, the need for technical profiles, and more specifically to engineers", said Saskia Kinds, CEO of USG Innotiv. «83% percent of companies surveyed would even expand its engineering teams. Still, expect only half of the companies that they are within six months will find a suitable candidate.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Germany 'best EU state for migrant job hunters' - The Local

Germany 'best EU state for migrant job hunters' - The Local: "More than 7,000 foreign workers living in 15 cities across seven EU counties were asked by the not-for-profit organisation, Migration Policy Group, about the problems they encountered when seeking work in their resident city.

Those asked in Germany were living in Berlin and Stuttgart – in both cities, just one in four said a language gap had been a major problem. In the giant French metropolises of Lyon and Paris, language proved much trickier, with nearly half saying their inability to speak French had hindered their hunt for work.

German government-funded language courses would seem to be working – with less than 10 percent immigrants asked saying they did not receive enough information about learning German, or had too little time."

German Job Opportunities for Immigrants Rate High in Survey - SPIEGEL ONLINE

German Job Opportunities for Immigrants Rate High in Survey - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Germany's efforts to improve immigration policies have so far received a mixed reception, however. More than half of the German communities surveyed by a study released Tuesday by the country's migration and integration commissioner said that they were working on initiatives including language courses and continuing education classes to help integrate immigrants into the labor market. But the SVR's 2012 evaluation, also released Tuesday, criticizes the lack of coordination between national, regional and local integration efforts.

In April the German parliament, the Bundestag, approved a bill to implement an "EU Blue Card" directive designed to ease work requirements so that skilled non-EU workers could stay long term, more than three years after the EU approved the concept. Even though some countries have yet to put the directive in place, the timing is "embarrassing," says Sievert from the Institute for Population and Development. "The German government should have done that a year ago.""