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Source: CDU CSU

December 14, 2020

Expert discussion on “Developments on the labor market”

Most companies hold onto their staff in order to quickly get back on the growth path after the crisis.

The consequences of the pandemic pose enormous challenges for employees and employers alike. The renewed lockdown at the turn of the year and the uncertainty as to whether public life can be restarted after January 10th have a wide variety of effects on companies. In this situation, labor market instruments such as short-time work benefits are all the more important. “As difficult as the fight against the pandemic may have on companies, its effectiveness is particularly evident in the crisis,” emphasizes Peter Weiß, chairman of the Labor and Social Working Group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group.

Big challenges

The Union Group has done a lot in recent months to effectively combat these negative effects. “Even if the job market is currently robust, the crisis is far from over,” said Weiß. “We are facing great challenges. It is therefore necessary that we act clearly and purposefully. ”So it was“ good and right ”to extend the regulations on short-time allowance again – until the end of 2021. In fact, the vast majority of companies would hold on to their employees in order to to quickly get back on the growth path after the difficult months. Nevertheless, companies should not lose sight of the need for adjustments.

Young people who are just beginning their professional orientation also find themselves in an unexpectedly difficult situation: “We have to be careful that the young people have enough opportunities to get a taste of different areas in order to decide on their own path.”

Change in the world of work

Wilfried Oellers, disability officer of the Union parliamentary group, also spoke up with a special concern: “Many people with disabilities live in the special situation that they find it difficult to find a new job once they have dropped out of the work process.” For this reason Developments on the labor market must be closely monitored in order to quickly take countermeasures in case of doubt.

With a view to the time after the crisis, many employers have another concern: The upheaval in the world of work, which is being driven primarily by digitization, calls for better trained specialists. According to the assessment of many labor market experts, this demand cannot be met with domestic employees alone. Here it is necessary to turn a few adjusting screws with a sense of proportion.


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