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  1. German Companies Mainly See Refugees as Unskilled Workers

    Nov 26, 2015: German companies see the greatest employment potential for refugees as unskilled workers. These are the results of a survey by the Ifo Institute published on Thursday. “41 percent of firms see significant potential for refugees to be recruited in their own branch as unskilled workers. But 59 percent rate their chances as narrow”, says Gabriel Felbermayr, one of the study’s authors. 37 percent believe that there is a potential for recruiting refugees as trainees, as opposed to 63 percent that do not. 22 percent of firms can imagine recruiting refugees in their branch as skilled workers, versus 78 percent that cannot. Only three percent of companies see leadership potential in the refugees, versus 97 percent that does not. Details

  2. Results of the Ifo Business Survey for November 2015

    Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German Länder Rises Sharply

    Nov 26, 2015: The Ifo Business Climate for Eastern German trade and industry brightened clearly in November. The climate indicator rose markedly to 110.7 index points from 108.2 points last month. Eastern German survey participants were more satisfied with their current business situation this month. Moreover, optimism about future business developments grew significantly; with business expectations returning to a level last seen at the end of 2010. The terrible events in Paris and international turbulence have had no negative impact on the Eastern German economy to date. Details

  3. Ifo Employment Barometer - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for November 2015

    German Firms Continue to Expand Staff Base

    Nov 26, 2015: German companies reported growing demand for new staff. The Ifo Employment Barometer rose to 109.9 points in November from 109.1 points last month, marking its fourth consecutive increase. Developments in employment continue to follow a clearly upward path. Details

  4. Ifo Export Expectations - Results of the Ifo Business Survey for November 2015

    German Industry Expects Stronger Growth in Exports

    Nov 25, 2015: German manufacturers are more optimistic about the short-term future. The Ifo Export Expectations in November compensated for last month’s fall. The index returned to 7.5 balance points in November from 5.9 balance points in October. The weakness of the euro is contributing to these developments. Details

  5. Ifo Business Climate Germany - Results of the November 2015 Ifo Business Survey

    Ifo Business Climate Index Rises Markedly

    Nov 24, 2015: The Ifo Business Climate Index for German industry and trade rose considerably to 109.0 points in November from 108.2 points in October. Assessments of the current business situation improved. Optimism with a view to future business developments also continued to increase for the third consecutive month. The German economy remains unaffected by growing uncertainty worldwide. Not even the Paris attacks had a negative impact on survey data. Details


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