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Germany’s automobile industry needs foreign talent

By SYF77 on 09 Sep 2011

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Like Singapore, the Germany auto industry is facing a shortage of talents. According to the German engineering association VDI, the shortage of available engineers in the country last month hit an all-time high of nearly 77,000 vacancies.

And this might prove to be a problem for companies like BMW, which aims to hire 800 people at its Leipzig as part of the €400 million expansion plan for the plant responsible for the production of the recently launched i3 and i8 models. Also in Leipzig, Porsche plans to add the new mid-size Cajun SUV to its local production line and intends to hire at least 1,000 extra workers. The reasons for this shortage are the aging workforce and the loss of interest in technical studies by the young.

The city's Mayor, Burkhard Jung, remarked that until about two years ago they had hardly heard of companies in the region struggling to find skilled staff. But the scarcity of engineers has become an issue now. To tackle this shortage of labour, Germany’s carmakers are hiring people from growing markets such as India and China. Porsche’s personnel chief, Thomas Edig, said that the company wants to recruit employees from China and India because they need their knowhow and understanding of their home markets. In addition to importing skilled workers, the carmakers also form partnerships with universities to ensure that they have access to recruit new staff right from the source. As a result of the labour shortage, wage of the average auto engineer has gone up.

During the recent Presidential Election, a candidate hopes to inspire future generations of young Singaporeans to dream big. If you are a young engineer with a heart for the motoring industry, you might want to send your resume to the folks at Munich or Stuttgart, and show the world that Singapore also got talent!

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Proton_neutron Sep 09 2011 10:40 AM
Give me a few more years, and I'll be there!!!
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