Germany does certainly have a stable healthcare system, yet there is a greater demand than ever for professionals. Hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities are always on the lookout for caregivers with a variety of skill levels to meet the growing needs in the healthcare and nursing professions. Nationwide there are currently 40,000 vacancies and demographic transformation means that this shortfall is likely to grow over the coming years.
In September 2022, the Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung (KOFA, a skills centre for securing skilled professionals) that acts on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) to support small and medium enterprises with personnel recruitment, recorded the highest vacancy rate in the health, social services, teaching and education sector: 57.8 per cent. This means that substantially more than half of the vacancies in this sector could not be filled with suitably qualified personnel. ‘We’ve been aware of the shortage of professionals in care and education since Make it in Germany has existed’, says Kerstin Krey. There’s no doubt that it’s also necessary to speak with experts from abroad and attract them to come and work in this sector in Germany. ‘Yet at the same time the principles of ethical recruitment in healthcare mustn’t be violated.’ This is where international treaties and agreements, such as those being sought by the Federal Employment Agency or the Ministry of Health, can be beneficial.