02.10.2019 • 20/2019
Joint Economic Forecast Autumn 2019: Economy Cools Further – Industry in Recession
Berlin, October 2, 2019 – Germany’s leading economics research institutes have revised their economic forecast for Germany significantly downward. Whereas in the spring they still expected gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 0.8% in 2019, they now expect GDP growth to be only 0.5%. Reasons for the poor performance are the falling worldwide demand for capital goods – in the exporting of which the Germany economy is specialised – as well as political uncertainty and structural changes in the automotive industry. By contrast, monetary policy is shoring up macroeconomic expansion. For the coming year, the economic researchers have also reduced their forecast of GDP growth to 1.1%, having predicted 1.8% in the spring.
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Fehlende Fachkräfte in Deutschland – Unterschiede in den Betrieben und mögliche Erklärungsfaktoren: Ergebnisse aus dem IAB-Betriebspanel 2018
In the years after the economic crisis, the economic situation of establishments in West and East Germany has improved steadily. At the same time, increased labor market dynamics and a positive trend in total employment can be observed. Also the demand for skilled employees reached a new high of 2.7 million in 2018. Only about 60 percent of the demand could be covered, which is also reflected in a further increase of the so-called non-occupancy quota. With regard to the distribution of this indicator for skilled labor shortages, we observe clear sector- and size-specific differences as well as regional heterogeneity. The quota is particularly high in the construction industry and in agriculture and forestry, with more than half the positions left vacant. A positive correlation between shortages of skilled labor and the use of temporary work, flexible working hours and investments in vocational training and further education is assessed in a multivariate analysis. The structure of formal occupational skill requirements did not change very much over recent years. However, a clear trend towards more flexible work organization can be observed. For example, about one quarter of the establishments offer teleworking. The share of part-time employment is also increasing nationwide, especially in sectors with a higher proportion of women, such as the service industries or the public sector. The share of marginal employment is particularly high in sectors that are characterized by cyclical and/or seasonal demand fluctuations or comparatively unspecific skill requirements – and above-average shortages of skilled labor. In 2018, the proportion of establishments authorized to provide in-house vocational training rose for the first time since 2010 – to 54 percent in Germany. In Eastern Germany, the share is significantly lower at 49 percent. The proportion of authorized establishments that actually train apprentices has been relatively stable at around 50 percent for several years. Both successfully occupied and vacant apprenticeships are distributed very heterogeneously across sectors. The recruitment rate of successful graduates is about three quarters. In establishments with skilled labor shortages, both the training rate and the graduate hiring rate are higher, suggesting that vocational training is already used here as an alternative strategy for recruiting skilled employees. The share of establishments supporting further education of their employees remains stable at about fifty percent for several years, and the proportion of employees participating in training is still about one third. A comparatively higher rate of further education among unskilled employees in establishments with skilled labor shortages indicates that internal resources are being increasingly used here to meet the demand for skilled employees.
Industrie in der Rezession – Wachstumskräfte schwinden: Gemeinschaftsdiagnose Herbst 2019
Dienstleistungsauftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie,
Die Konjunktur in Deutschland hat sich im laufenden Jahr weiter abgekühlt. In beiden Quartalen des Sommerhalbjahrs dürfte die Wirtschaftsleistung geschrumpft sein. Seit Einsetzen des Abschwungs zur Jahreswende 2017/ 2018 ist nunmehr ein Großteil der zuvor recht deutlichen Überauslastung der Produktionskapazitäten abgebaut. Die Gründe für die konjunkturelle Abkühlung sind in erster Linie in der Industrie zu suchen. Dort ist die Produktion seit Mitte letzten Jahres rückläufig, da sich die Nachfrage insbesondere nach Investitionsgütern in wichtigen Absatzmärkten abgeschwächt hat. Allmählich strahlt die Industrierezession auch auf die unternehmensnahen Dienstleister aus. Die Institute erwarten für das Jahr 2019 einen Anstieg des Bruttoinlandsprodukts von 0,5% und damit 0,3 Prozentpunkte weniger als noch im Frühjahr 2019. Für das kommende Jahr wird der Zuwachs ebenfalls schwächer eingeschätzt, nämlich auf 1,1% nach noch 1,8% im Frühjahr. Eine Konjunktur- krise mit einer ausgeprägten Unterauslastung der deutschen Wirtschaft ist somit trotz rückläufiger Wirtschaftsleistung im Sommerhalbjahr 2019 nicht zu erwarten, wenngleich die konjunkturellen Abwärtsrisiken derzeit hoch sind.
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05.09.2019 • 18/2019
Downturn in Germany continues
Trade disputes are causing international trade in goods to decline this year. The manufacturing industry in Germany is particularly affected by this. However, a robust labour market is supporting the economy. According to IWH autumn economic forecast, German gross domestic product (GDP) will increase by 0.5% in 2019. At 1%, output growth in East Germany is likely to be significantly higher than in West Germany.
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