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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No. N 070 from October 28, 2020

The number of beginners has increased by 39% since 2009
The proportion of men increased: from 19% in 2009 to 25% in 2019

WIESBADEN – After the current collective bargaining in the public service has been concluded, caregivers can expect higher salaries and a “corona bonus”. However, the working conditions in nursing and care for the elderly, be it high stress or a lack of specialist staff, have not only been in focus since the Corona crisis. Nevertheless, the nursing professions have not lost any of their popularity among the young, on the contrary: In 2019, 71,300 people began training in a nursing profession, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). That was 8.2% or 5,400 more than a year earlier. Around 44,900 people successfully completed their training in a nursing profession last year.

More people are completing training in the nursing profession – number has increased by 25% since 2009

Despite the challenging work, the choice of a nursing profession has appeared attractive to more and more people in recent years: While 51,400 people had started training in the nursing sector in 2009, the last figure was 71,300, 39% more than ten years earlier. This also increased the number of those who successfully completed their training: In 2019, 25% more people successfully completed their training in a nursing profession than ten years earlier (2009: 36,000).

More men are choosing to train in nursing

It is true that the nursing profession is still predominantly aspired to by women – 75% of beginners were recently female – but the proportion of men has also increased in the last ten years: While it was 19% in 2009, a quarter were in 2019 ( 25%) men.

More trainees, especially in elderly care

The nursing professions include training in elderly care, health and nursing as well as health and children’s nursing. There is also the option of completing a year-long training in health and nursing assistance or geriatric care assistance. Of these apprenticeships, it was geriatric care that recorded the strongest increase in beginners: from 19,400 in 2009 to 27,300 in 2019, which corresponds to an increase of 41%. But the health and nursing training course also attracted around 5,200 more people in 2019 with 26,600 beginners than ten years earlier (21,400).

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Nursing professions particularly affected by unusual working hours

Working day and night, whether on weekdays or at the weekend, and for a comparatively low income – this is how the working conditions in nursing are often described. Those who have successfully completed their training in nursing and continue to work in their jobs can expect an average gross earnings of 3,502 euros per month – that is how much a full-time nursing specialist earned in 2019. With trained geriatric nurses gross monthly earnings at an average of EUR 3,116 and thus below the average earnings of skilled workers in the economy as a whole (manufacturing industry and services) of EUR 3,327.

Around 60% of the nurses and more than half (57%) of the geriatric nurses worked in shifts in 2019. Even more were affected by weekend work: 74% of nurses and 79% of geriatric nurses worked regularly on Saturdays and Sundays in 2019.

Methodological note

The training occupation “health and nurse” also includes the category “occupations in health and nursing without specialization”. In addition, the training to become a geriatric nurse includes occupations in geriatric care without specific job details. The vocational schools contain information on the schools of health care.

Further information on school-based training in nursing can be found in Technical series 11 row 2, “Vocational Schools”.

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