Ger­man com­pa­nies see refugees mainly as un­skilled labour

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Ger­man com­pa­nies see the great­est em­ploy­ment po­ten­tial for refugees as un­skilled work­ers, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the Mu­nich-based Ifo In­sti­tute.

“About 41% of firms see sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial for refugees to be re­cruited in their own branch as un­skilled work­ers. But 59% rate their chances as nar­row”, said Gabriel Fel­ber­mayr, one of the study’s au­thors.

Some 37% be­lieve that there is a po­ten­tial for re­cruit­ing refugees as trainees, as op­posed to 63% that do not; 22% of firms can imag­ine re­cruit­ing refugees in their branch as skilled work­ers, ver­sus 78% that can­not. Only 3% of com­pa­nies see lead­er­ship po­ten­tial in the refugees, ver­sus 97% that does not.

Al­most 92% of sur­vey par­tic­i­pants cited a lack of lan­guage skills as a bar­rier to em­ploy­ment, 71% cited a lack of qual­i­fi­ca­tions, while 59% men­tioned labour law re­quire­ments and 32% re­ported the min­i­mum wage as a con­straint.

“The sur­vey find­ing re­gard­ing the min­i­mum wage isn’t really sur­pris­ing, since the ques­tion of ad­e­quate re­mu­ner­a­tion only arises for those jobs in which lan­guage, skills and bu­reau­cracy bar­ri­ers can be over­come,” ex­plained Fel­ber­mayr. The min­i­mum wage in par­tic­u­lar is con­sid­ered a re­cruit­ment bar­rier in con­struc­tion in east­ern Ger­many (55%) and in the dis­tri­bu­tion sec­tor (62%).

Over 3,000 com­pa­nies from man­u­fac­tur­ing (49%), con­struc­tion (25%) and dis­tri­bu­tion (26%) par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey. 85% are lo­cated in western Ger­many and 15% in east­ern Ger­many.

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