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According to the study, there was no wave of layoffs in nursing after Corona

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According to the study, there was no wave of layoffs in nursing after Corona

There was no wave of layoffs: nurse during the corona pandemic in a hospital in Rostock. Picture Alliance

During the corona pandemic, there were fears that many nursing staff would give up their jobs because of the high level of stress. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

There was no wave of layoffs. The number of employees in nursing has increased and working conditions are stable.

This is the result of a study by the Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB).

During the corona pandemic, there were fears that the shortage of staff in health and care would worsen. Many employees could give up their jobs due to the high levels of stress. The first numbers now produce a completely different result. The number of nursing staff and nursing assistants even increased significantly and working conditions were just as stable after the start of the corona pandemic as before. This was the result of a study by the Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB). Conclusion of the research institute of the Federal Employment Agency: “The feared increased loss of personnel did not occur”.

Employment in the nursing professions in hospitals was most stable: “Almost 90 percent of the skilled and unskilled workers were still working in the same company a year later, and after two years it was still around 80 percent,” writes the IAB. Working conditions in outpatient care and nursing homes were significantly less stable. This applies before the pandemic as well as after it began.

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“This points to the major problems that nursing facilities generally have in retaining their employees,” said IAB researcher Max Kunaschk. After one year, 15 percent of the skilled workers in outpatient care had moved to another healthcare company, and after two years the figure was almost one in four skilled workers. But the proportion of employees who switch to another industry is also higher in homes and outpatient care than in hospitals.

Overall, the number of employees subject to social insurance contributions in the health and care sector increased by 80,000 from 2016 to 2021. This was an increase of 8.5 percent. The number of nursing assistants in hospitals and outpatient care increased the most. There was a slight decline in the number of skilled workers in nursing homes.

“Even if the number of employees in nursing has increased, more people must be attracted to work in the health and care sector in the future,” said IAB research director Gesine Stephan.

The IAB study with information on methodology and data sources you can find it here.

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