The Reality of Nursing and Care Professions: Insights from the IAB Short Report

The recent IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt and Berufsforschung) Short Report sheds light on the employment landscape in the healthcare and nursing sector, dispelling fears of a massive wave of layoffs. Here are key takeaways:

(1) Stable Employment Figures:

The expected surge in layoffs did not materialize. The report shows that the number of socially insured employees in nursing professions has increased from 2016 to 2021.

(2) Foreign Workforce Growth:

The percentage of employees with foreign nationality in nursing professions has increased significantly. About 93% of the rise in socially insured employment from 2016 to 2021 is attributed to the growing foreign workforce, particularly noticeable in hospitals.

(3) Employment Stability Amid Pandemic:

Contrary to concerns, the report reveals that the stability of employment in the nursing sector did not decline during the pandemic. The study compares cohorts of nursing professionals in 2016 and 2019, showing consistent employment patterns before and after the pandemic.

(4) Challenges and Future Prospects:

The report highlights challenges in retaining staff in nursing homes and home care. Despite the increase in the number of nursing professionals, the demand for healthcare workers is expected to rise, emphasizing the need for effective recruitment, integration of foreign workers, and strategies to encourage full-time employment.

In summary, as the number of international nurses continues to rise, fostering integration between foreign nurses and their new workplace becomes exceedingly important. Not only will this increase the chance of the foreign nurse staying in Germany for the long-term, but also ensures the delivery of high-quality patient care. If you aspire to embark on a nursing career in Germany, enroll on our platform today.

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