The shortage of skilled workers in Germany reached record levels in the first quarter of this year, despite the strain on the economy caused by the corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

In March, the number of vacancies, for which there were no suitably qualified unemployed nationwide, rose to a new high of a good 558,000, reported the competence center for securing skilled workers (Kofa) of the employer-related Institute of German Economy (IW) on Saturday. This means that the gap in skilled workers has increased by a further 88,000 vacancies within just three months.

According to the study, the growing shortage of skilled workers is affecting the entire labor market. However, the bottlenecks are particularly pronounced in the areas of health, social affairs, teaching and education, as well as in the areas of construction, architecture, surveying and building technology. According to the study, a good six out of ten positions could not be filled with suitably qualified unemployed people in March alone in the areas of health, social affairs, teaching and education.