GERMANY NEEDS A WHOPPING 40,000 GOVERNMENT WORKERS TO DEAL WITH MIGRANT INFLUX
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by NICK HALLETT19 Oct 2015
Germany needs at least 40,000 new public sector workers to cope with the huge influx of migrants, and may even have to force older civil servants out of retirement, think tanks and unions have claimed.
The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) estimates the country will need more than 20,000 teachers, 10,000 tutors, 3,000 police officers and 3,000 civil servants to help more than a million migrants integrate into German society.
However, despite the large number of new workers required, Germany will unlikely see an employment boom as all the jobs require a high level of training. “The higher the qualifications required, the more difficult it is to find a suitable candidate in a short space of time,” Enzo Weber of the IAB said.
Even if they do find enough staff, Weber adds, the authorities will still have to spend time and money incorporating and training thousands of new employees.
One solution could be to bring former civil servants out of retirement, which would be easier than training new ones, Michael Hüther, director of the Institute of the German Economy (IW), told Die Welt. This would be especially useful for processing the likely huge increase in asylum applications in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Klaus Dauderstädt, President of the German Civil Service Federation (DBB), outlined the scale of the problem.