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Germany trials four-day week

Germany has started a four-day workweek trial for numerous employees, involving 45 companies nationwide. The objective is to assess the impact of an extended weekend on employee well-being, health, and productivity. Germany’s economy has been grappling with challenges such as elevated energy costs, unprecedented interest rates, and severe labour shortages, contributing to its sluggish performance.

The nation is experiencing a deficit of skilled workers, particularly in rapidly growing sectors. Projections indicate that by 2035, Germany’s ageing population will face a shortage of 7 million skilled workers. In 2022, The German Economic Institute (IW) reported a shortage of 320,000 STEM specialists in the country. In the same year, foreign STEM employees in Germany reached 202,000, marking a remarkable 190% increase since 2012. has placed the top 5 in-demand STEM skills, job prospects, salaries, and top universities. 

Fields Jobs Salary Range
Engineering  Marine EngineerPetroleum EngineerElectrical EngineerCivil Engineer €80,341 – €121,666
Information Technology (IT) IT TechnicianWeb Developer Computer ProgrammerSystem Analyst €57,506 – €92,064
Biotechnology & Life Sciences Biomedical Scientist Bioinformatics SpecialistPharmacologistClinical Research Associate €69,026 – €107,596 
Data Science And Analytics  Data ScientistFinancial AnalystData EngineerBusiness Analyst €84,393 – €115,921
Robotics And Automation  Electromechanical Technician Mechanical EngineerAerospace EngineerRobotics Engineer €61,982 – €92,581 

“Germany’s demand in fields like engineering, IT, biotechnology, data science, and robotics is driven by a mix of historical expertise and a strong push towards innovation. For example, the demand for IT and data science professionals reflects the sectors’ critical role in the modern economy. The rise in biotechnology, fueled by Germany’s commitment to research and development, is particularly highlighted by recent global health trends. Germany’s global leadership in robotics and automation not only stems from the country’s deep-seated expertise but also reflects its dedication to integrating cutting-edge technology across various industries.

Engineering is in high demand in Germany mainly because it’s a key part of its economy, especially in sectors like automotive and manufacturing. Plus, Germany’s high-quality education system keeps supplying fresh talent, so the demand keeps growing. But it isn’t just about quantity; it’s more about the evolving nature of the industry. Even with fresh talent coming in, the demand stays high because the engineering field itself is constantly advancing and diversifying.” – said Alma Miftari, Head of Research and Statistics at


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