The north German labour market added more jobs in September and mainly in industrial companies. Commenting on the development, Dr. Nico Fickinger, Managing Director of Nordmetall and AGV Nord employers’ associations, said: “This can be attributed in particular to industrial companies, above all the companies in the metal and electrical industries. No branch of industry creates more jobs in the north. In the past four years alone, companies that build cars, ships, aircraft and machines in the north have created more than 23,000 new jobs.”
“In Schleswig-Holstein there were a good 5,000 new jobs, in Hamburg almost 2,000, in Bremen more than 900, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania almost 4,000 and in north-western Lower Saxony even more than 11,500 new employees,” said Fickinger. At present, there is no foreseeable end to this development. “There are thousands of vacancies in industrial companies in the north. However, many industries and regions lack suitable personnel despite excellent pay and first-class working conditions. “The shortage of skilled workers has become the biggest problem for many metal and electrical companies,” he added.