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Shortage of technicians and IT experts, MINT report finds

Hamburg most attractive location for career starters

The shortage of skilled workers in the fields of mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology (MINT) came to of 311,300 at the end of April, according to a report published Wednesday (May 22, 2019) by the Cologne IW Institute of the German Economy. Hamburg, on the other hand, is faring well as a location of choice for MINT students.

IT staff wanted

The structure of the MINT gap has shifted in recent years, researchers said. Skilled IT personnel are urgently needed as digitalisation gains pace. Demand for IT experts has more than tripled from 19,000 in April 2014 to a record 59,000 in April 2019 amid a sharp, upward trend.

Hamburg most attractive location

Companies in Hamburg have a good starting position in the search for skilled workers. Hamburg is Germany’s most attractive city for young professionals in the MINT sector, a 2018 study by Deloitte on German tech hubs found. The Hanseatic city also has a relatively high number of employees in the ICT sector. Overall, the Deloitte Tech Hub Index ranked the Hamburg Metropolitan Region fourth nationwide and noted its great potential for development.

Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director of Hamburg Invest, pointed out: “Hamburg is a city of the future that builds on its tradition as a port and industrial city. Thanks to its high standard of livingand broad-based economy, it is the city of choice for many young professionals and skilled workers. This applies not only to the MINT sector but also to many other sectors. Students, people interested in founding a company, start-ups and established entrepreneurs will meet here at Thursday’s (May 23, 2019) Hamburg Innovation Summit.

Career portal for companies in region

More and more companies are clicking onto the yojo portal in the search for staff. Founded by Hamburg Invest in 2016, more than 400 MRH companies have registered and post their job vacancies on the site. Around 10,000 job seekers use the portal every month. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, who is patron of HHIS, Katharina Fegebank, Senator of Science, Research and Equality, Michael Westhagemann, Senator of Economics are expected at the summit underway in the Fischauktionshalle in Altona. 

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Melissa KnausMay 24, 2019
digitalisierung wirtschaft