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Germans threatened 45-hour week


HB BERLIN. Economists expected because of the increasing shortage of skilled workers with a significant increase in weekly working hours for workers. The working time could increase by up to 45 hours per week to compensate for the lack of staff, said the President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Klaus Zimmermann, the "Bild"-Zeitung. "In the medium is not without longer work hours 37.5 -.-Or 38-hour weeks in each case over." Especially in export-oriented industries such as machinery and equipment but also in the health care industry and it will be necessary for longer hours.

The president of the Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH), Ulrich Blum, said: "In the medium term we will come to work longer hours are not around." Then it could 42 – or even give up to 45-hour weeks. The chairman of the CDU / CSU – Business Association, Josef Schlarmann told the Bild newspaper: "The skills shortage can not be eliminated with the unemployed and older workers."

There had to be immigration. Those who do not want to have to, to make the case for raising the collective working lives of well over 40 hours at an appropriate wage increase. The Director of the Institute of German Economy (IW), Michael Huether, pointed out that by law is even a working week of up to 48 hours allowed.

But there are also positive news from the labor market. The number of unemployed, according to Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) in October, well below the three million mark. "We in this month, the three-million mark will crack the unemployed -. And that’s not too tight That’s the lowest level in 20 years," she told the Bild am Sonntag.

Von der Leyen thus confirming corresponding forecasts by economists of major German banks. A survey by the news agency had indicated on Friday that the experts go out of 2.93 million unemployed in the coming to an end month. This would be about 100 000 fewer than in September and nearly 300 000 less than a year ago. In the previous month in Germany were 3.031 million people without jobs, the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.

According to von der Leyen could not stop even an early onset of winter with seasonal layoffs of current developments. She added: "The boom reached all – even groups with particularly high unemployment such as the elderly over 50 years, women and East German."