The average vacancy time in geriatric care in Lower Saxony was 209 days in January 2021.For every 100 vacancies, there were 27 applicants. The ratios were comparable in the trades, gastronomy, and IT professions.
Lack of employees causes direct and indirect expenses, e.g. because orders cannot be processed, existing staff are overloaded, the recruiting process is time-consuming, and quality standards cannot be maintained. Vacancy and fluctuation costs can be up to three times the costs of an unoccupied position. In the healthcare professions, in particular, the use of temporary workers can become necessary and is expensive.
In view of the shortage of skilled workers in rural areas, this can mean considerable losses in sales and earnings.