DEKRA Labor Market Report 2023
Best opportunities throughout the job market
In Germany, there are more people in employment than ever before. Yet this is still far from sufficient, with employers looking for reinforcement at all skill and qualification levels, as shown in the latest DEKRA Labor Market Report. This year, four occupations for semiskilled workers ranked among the top ten careers – more than at any time since the survey was launched 15 years ago. Practically inclined people are in particular demand in the warehouse logistics and manufacturing sectors. The shortage of professionals working with children and young people is also being fully felt – social pedagogy, as this category of employment is known in Germany, has climbed into the ten most sought-after careers for the first time. While electrical engineers are back in the top ten, the situation for sales staff has regressed slightly, at least temporarily.
- Technical and manual occupations alone account for four of the top ten
- Electrical engineers return to top ten
- Previously topping the list, sales staff drop out of the ranking for the first time
- Highest demand in health and care, clerical positions, and warehouse logistics
Virtually everyone is benefiting from the good situation in the labor market. This is confirmed by the composition of the top ten occupations. Semiskilled or nonskilled workers can apply for four of these jobs – in addition to production team members, employers require a whole host of personnel, especially for logistics operations in their warehouses.
IT careers have again decreased as a share of the total sample, now ranking fifth out of the 28 lines of work. By way of comparison, one in ten jobs advertised was for IT professionals while the pandemic was ongoing in 2021. Software developers and programmers are especially able to choose between a wide selection of vacancies. They rank fifth for the third year running.
Despite a large amount of the activities involved in warehouse logistics being particularly suited for automation or digitization, the number of personnel required for warehouse logistics has continued to rise. It has once again exceeded the high points attained in the past two years and climbs into third place for the first time. The high demand for staff to work in roles focusing on the storage and movement of goods is already evident from this category’s presence in the top ten occupations. Now, order pickers have also been added to the mix. In addition, a large number of vacancies are available for prospective hires with training as a warehouse specialist or warehouse logistics specialist.
Sales and related jobs have experienced something of a collapse. Since the start of the survey, this line of work always made up the highest or second-highest proportion of the sample – mainly thanks to sales positions. Now, it has fallen from first to seventh place (2022: 9.5%).
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