In the mechanical engineering sector, the lack of material and lack of manpower has become particularly acute in recent periods. These two factors are often the decisive reasons for production limitation, especially during periods of economic boom. In addition to the increased demand for labour due to the economic situation, digital change is leaving its mark - digital competence is the focus of labour demand.
Over the last years the mechanical engineering sector has in comparison to the manufacturing sector a higher rate of vocational education and training. The rate could even be higher if due to many vacant positions.
The mechanical engineering sector maintains its position and continues to be one of the five most research-intensive industrial sectors.
In comparision to the last year, the number of short-time workers in the mechanical engineer sector has decreased by over 55 percentage.
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Social Security Contribution Rates and Earning Limits in Germany from 2013 to 2018.
The most recent VDMA survey on engineers confirms the high share of 16.7 percent engineers in total employment of the mechanical engineering industry. Between 2013 and 2016 the number of engineers working in the industry has grown by 8’000 to a new high of 191’000.
Annette Meyerhoff
Annette Meyerhoff
Foreign Subsidiaries, Education Statistics
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