The magazine of the Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency
The magazine presents articles on the wide variety of research at the IAB. All editions focus on a specific topic. Additional short articles on various other research topics, on events at the IAB and its people, round off each edition. The IAB-Forum is published twice a year, and only in German.
Qualified professionals are the fuel of a knowledge-intensive economy, the fuel that gives Germany the necessary thrust in international competition. But more than a few people are worried that qualified professionals could soon become scarce. That is why the current issue of the IAB-Forum has chosen to examine this much discussed topic of "ensuring the availability of qualified professionals" (Fachkräftesicherung) from various different angles.
The articles range from the challenges that arise from demographic change for the securing of qualified professionals, via the difficulties of empirically quantifying the lack of qualified professionals, to the factors that can counteract a shortage. This includes, on the one hand, the mobility of both workers and trainees between regions and occupations as well as women as a reservoir of qualified professionals for technical and scientific occupations. On the other hand, these factors also include strategies that employers can use to pilot coveted qualified professionals into their enterprise. Examples from everyday in-house practice complement the analyses.
Outside this main focal topic, another article compares wages in the European Metropolitan Regions of Germany, while a further article investigates what effect a clear cut-back in the personnel of 15 model employment offices has on job placement.
The IAB-Forum is published only in German. Four selected articles of this edition have been translated into English.
The dynamics of the requirement for qualified professional
More competition for bright minds
Examples from within companies
Comparing European Metropolitan Regions in Germany
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The IAB-Forum is published only in German. Selected articles of this special edition are translated into English.
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