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Overview: Labour

Labour market policy

Basic income support for jobseekers

Skilled workers

Transformation of the world of work

Labour Law

Occupational Safety and Health

Social Affairs

Overview: Social Affairs

Social Insurance

Statutory accident insurance

Old-age security in Germany

Social Assistance

Socialcompensation law

Health Care

Participation and inclusion

Europe and the World

Overview: Europe and the World

Europe

Overview: Europe

#MySocialEurope: Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Employment and social policy in the EU

Working in another EU country

EU external relations

Migration from third countries

European Funds

Overview: Europeean Funds

European Social Fund (ESF)

European Globalisation Fund (EGF)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)

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International Employment and Social Policy

Labour and Social Policy at the G7/G20 Levels

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Fresh start in Germany

Skilled workers for a strong labour market in the long term

In response to structural changes, the policies of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs aim to increase the supply of skilled workers both from within Germany and from abroad in the long term.

To ensure that companies can continue to achieve their potential fully going forward, the Federal Government has stepped up its efforts to increase the supply of domestic skilled labour. Germany’s economy will nevertheless continue to depend on skilled immigration. Already today, skilled workers from other European countries are making an important contribution to the competitiveness of the German economy within the framework of the free movement of workers and are making a significant contribution to easing the situation with the supply of skilled workers. Legislation allowing immigration by skilled workers, the Fachkräfte­zuwanderungsgesetz, for qualified workers from third countries complements these efforts. It also aims to help alleviate shortages of skilled workers in a targeted manner so that they do not become a drag on growth. It focuses on attracting skilled workers with vocational training qualifications.

A skilled worker monitoring system predicts how supply and demand for labour for sectors, regions and qualifications will develop in the next ten to twenty years. However, because the various regions face individual challenges, a differentiated approach is necessary. Regional skilled labour networks therefore deal with innovative and needs-based continuing education structures, organisational and cultural development processes in companies and successful human resources policies.

Migration and integration often go hand in hand. In Germany, there is a broad range of support services for the integration of immigrants.
Learning German is often the most important requirement for successfully integrating into society and work. The Federal Government therefore established the comprehensive, differentiated and coherent general language programme to promote learning German.

Legislation was passed to help with recognition of the equivalence of foreign vocational qualifications with German qualifications, the so-called Anerkennungsgesetz. Recognition of equivalent qualifications is either a prerequisite for working in many professions or makes it much easier to find a job.

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs initiated the funding programme "Integration through Qualification (IQ)". It is implemented in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Employment Agency. The programme provides assistance with equivalence recognition counselling, qualification acquisition and the integration of people with a migration background into the labour market. All 16 Länder have their own networks, encompassing almost 400 sub-projects on the basis of binding agreements between the relevant labour market actors.

The online portal "Make it in Germany" is integral to the Federal Government's efforts to bolster skilled labour immigration. "Make it in Germany", a joint Federal Government site, provides information to skilled workers from abroad about living and working in Germany.

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Fresh start in Germany