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Acute staff shortage: hospitality industry demands easier immigration


Germany's hotels and restaurateurs are still desperately looking for staff. Now the industry association Dehoga is calling for more skilled workers from abroad – and is tempting with wage increases in the double-digit percentage range.

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Waitress in the restaurant: wage increases in the double-digit percentage range

Photo: Christian Beutler / dpa

After the aviation industry, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) is now also demanding easier immigration rules for staff from abroad.

The lack of staff after two years of the pandemic with nine months of lockdown and short-time work is causing problems for the hotel and catering industry, said Dehoga President Guido Zöllick.

»We now need quick and pragmatic measures to recruit employees.«

In addition to easier immigration rules, Zöllick also called for improved labor market integration of refugees.

Companies must be supported to be able to hire skilled workers and workers from third countries.

For this it is "essential" to simplify procedures, to accelerate the procurement of visas and to create new legal possibilities for targeted economic migration.

Seasonal aid from the Western Balkans

In order to enable the employment of seasonal workers in the hospitality industry, intergovernmental agreements should be concluded with interested countries, Zöllick demanded.

"There are also many workers in the countries of the Western Balkans who would like to work in hotels and restaurants in Germany." The capacities of the German embassies in these countries would have to be expanded;

the Western Balkans regulation is to be extended indefinitely, the quota to be expanded.

According to this regulation, up to 25,000 nationals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia can come to Germany and work here every year.

It is scheduled to expire at the end of 2023.

Heil announces new immigration law for autumn

According to a Dehoga survey from the beginning of June, over 60 percent of companies in the industry are looking for skilled workers and unskilled workers.

Companies would therefore have to reduce opening hours and reject events, said Zöllick.

The companies are making “considerable efforts” to keep employees and recruit new ones.

The Dehoga President named wage increases in the double-digit percentage range and sharply increased training allowances.

The federal government had recently announced that it would make it easier for foreign workers to enter airports affected by staff shortages - a "four-digit number" is said to come primarily from Turkey.

According to the study, around 7,200 specialists are missing at the airports.

The facilitated entry is to apply for a limited period of time.

Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil wants, among other things, to take action against the shortage of skilled workers in Germany with a new immigration law.

"We will present a modern immigration law in the fall," said the SPD politician in the ZDF "Morgenmagazin".

Heil said that in order to combat the shortage of skilled workers, potential within Germany would also have to be leveraged.

"We will have to ensure that women's participation in the labor force increases in this country," he said.

If one could manage to “at least halve the gap between men and women”, there would be around 900,000 more workers in Germany.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2022-07-01

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