Germany’s attempt to attract foreign professionals a failure

HRM 20 Nov 2012

A scheme that aims to attract professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) into Germany has flopped, attracting just 139 people since August, a local newspaper reported.

According to the Welt am Sonntag, the response by skilled talent outside the European Union has been less than enthusiastic. This is partly due to the country’s image as overly bureaucratic and unwelcoming to foreigners.

Since Aug 1, qualified foreign professionals from non-EU countries can apply for a Blue Card if they have a job offer that will see them earn a salary of 44,800 euros (US$57,129) or more.

If the applicant works in a field that has a registered lack of skilled labour, the minimum salary is lower, at 34,944 euros (US$44,560).

The policy also lifted some work restrictions for foreign students, and granted them 18 months after they complete their studies to find a job in Germany, up from one year previously.

In the report, it quoted official figures which said that of the 139 who received “Blue Cards”, 112 went to foreigners living in Germany before 2012 and were already holding other work permits.

"The mass influx of skilled labour has not materialised," said the managing director of a board of experts from German foundations on integration and migration, Gunilla Fincke.

"Germany is seen as unattractive and is also challenging because of the language," she was quoted as saying.

She said that Germany has an international reputation as unwelcoming to newcomers even though it had liberalised its immigration laws over the last several years.

Experts say that the country is not doing a good enough job at promoting itself as an attractive place to work and study.

The president of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Hans Heinrich Driftmann, also said that the Blue Card had failed to eliminate key hurdles for sought-after foreign professionals.

"German immigration law is still complicated and not very transparent for foreign skilled employees," he told Welt am Sonntag, a complaint frequently heard from German leaders.



Leave your comment
Start a new discussion

HRM Asia forum is the place for positive industry interaction and welcomes your professional and informed opinion.

Post a Comment
HRM Asia welcomes your contribution. Your IP address is recorded in the event of a complaint.
Name *
Email *
(required, but will not display)
Comment *
Please enter in the numbers in the box left.
You are about to submit your comment. Is it:
  • Professional
  • In your own name or pseudonym, not impersonating someone else
  • Free from rude language
  • Free from advertising
  • If you prefer not to post but are still keen to get your viewpoint across, you can always e-mail the editor.
  • 24 Jul | Frazer Jones Global HR Search & Recruitment | Singapore
    The HR Operations Senior Manager will lead a team on the management of all HR Operations as well as the revamp and improvement of current HR processes ...
    23 Jul | The People At Work Pte Ltd | Singapore
    Our client, one of the “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies” in USA specializing in 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology is looking for a ...
    22 Jul | Frazer Jones Global HR Search & Recruitment | Singapore
    The HR Associate will be required to support HR Operations and improvement initiatives around the region.
    Scouting for High Potentials
    Alvin Chan, Asia HR Director, Celestica, explains the company’s four-prong approach to identifying and accelerating the growth of high-potential employee
    Talent retention through global mobility
    Unorthodox HR
    The impact of diversity on WSH
    Performance Leadership Pte Ltd | info@performance.sg
    Lunch, Learn and Bond with your teams, all within 1 hour! Choose from a variety of light-hearted, interesting or thought-provoking topics that appeal ...
    Performance Recognition Pte Ltd | info@performance.sg
    A monthly business incubator where leaders grow their skills, exchange ideas and share best practices.
    GIG Education Centre Pte Ltd | info@gig.edu.sg
    To improve your Public Speaking, Pronunciation and Presentation skills.