Federal State Project: Occupational Status in the Health Professions

Health care professions in Germany are increasingly affected by shortages of skilled labor, the demand for qualified skilled workers can be less and less covered by the existing labor supply. In order to be able to design the local labor markets as accurately as possible, it is necessary to have as exact as possible information on the current situation and the future development of the regional labor markets with regard to supply and demand. In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, since the turn of the millennium, a sector monitoring on health professions has been published (in German: Branchenmonitoring Gesundheitsfachberufe). However, some input parameters based on quantitative data have not yet been available for the forecasts made there, including information on the probability of retirement, the share of career changers and work interruption due to family caregiving activities (e. g. parental leave, nursing time).

The aim of the project was the development and implementation of a concept for the use and analysis of secondary data as well as for the generation of primary data in order to expand the existing data basis for the health professions in Rhineland-Palatinate, especially in the areas of retirement age, career changers and interruptors. In addition, a concept for the further development of the industry monitoring with regard to the periodical analysis, respectively the collection of the data generated for the first time during the project, was developed. The IAW was responsible for conducting survival analyses and forecasting the future development of career changes and career breaks. The data basis for this was provided by the Integrated Employment Biographies (in German: Integrierte Erwerbsbiografien) of the Institute for Employment Research.