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Administrative reform in the capital: Berlin administration massively understaffed – Berlin

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"I am fascinated by how much enthusiasm colleagues still work under these conditions," says Martina Kirstan. She is employed at the Sozialamt Neuk├Âlln and sits on the board of the Hauptpersonalrat (HPR) of the state of Berlin. Although the Senate has recognized the problem that has arisen with the austerity policies of the past decade. The public service will again be strengthened in terms of staffing and the filling of vacancies is in full swing. But: "The gaps have become so large that they are hard to cope with in the foreseeable future," says Kirstan.In the staff meetings, which took place in the Senate and district authorities until the end of the year, were almost everywhere the same complaints. Even those jobs that become free due to age can hardly be filled in a timely manner. It would be even more difficult to find qualified staff and offices for additional jobs. Above all, the schools and day-care centers, police, fire and prisons, construction and social welfare offices, health and youth facilities are urgently looking for staff. Hard competition For these shortages, not enough has been trained and many applicants prefer to go to federal authorities or to Brandenburg. There is usually better paid. The duration of the filling process, says HPR supervisor Kirstan, is usually not the problem. It simply misses to interested parties, and if someone is found who had previously worked in another authority, go often the story of going on until the new employee could leave the old job. "That can take months." And highly skilled employees like to migrate to other federal states or to the private sector.New staffThe Senate also knows that it is a Herculean task to equip the public administration in the growing city of Berlin to carry out its tasks as a municipal service provider. This year alone, around 3800 employees retire due to their age. These posts must be filled again as quickly as possible. In addition, there will be almost 4,800 full-time jobs in the new year with which the state administration is to be staffed. This means that in 2018 alone around 8600 new employees will have to be hired for the Senate administrations and district offices. In the coming years, the numbers are similarly high.

In the new "Personnel Management Report" of the Senate, which is in the Tagesspiegel, Finance Senator Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen (SPD) speaks of a "considerable challenge". Given the seriousness of the situation, it is a rather restrained formulation. Old problems: According to past experience, it will not be possible to find new staff in a timely manner for all new jobs. Although the Senate is now relying on accelerated selection procedures, additional training, better pay and massive advertising campaigns, even with the help of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. In June 2017, of the 108 621 jobs in the Berlin administration, 3935 (3.6 percent) were vacant, the finance administration said on request. Of these, 1,533 jobs were vacant for more than half a year. Unhealthy climate In addition, there is the high level of sick leave, which affects public institutions and authorities to varying degrees. While the employees in the upper courts, in the Senate Chancellery and the tax offices are usually cheerfully, the employees of the detention centers, police and fire brigade, but also of the public order offices and the district courts report particularly frequently ill. In the district offices, there are Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Mitte, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Pankow, where an unhealthy climate prevails. Since 2007, the sick leave in the Berlin state service has increased significantly. In 2016, staff were missing an average of 37.5 days. For 2017, there are still no Zahlen.Die responsible financial administration points out that Berlin follows the federal trend of the past ten years. For example, absenteeism due to mental illness has increased significantly, and there is the thesis that the level of sick leave is closely linked to the concern for one's own job.

It's not very big at the moment. In addition, the reduction in staff over the past few years has led to work being thickened, making it more susceptible to illness. The same applies to the continuously increasing average age of the employees. Look into the glass ball In any case, the colleagues are missing when they are ill. Adding up the vacant positions, in Berlin almost 15 percent of the theoretically existing staff are regularly not operational. To make matters worse, the Senate, when it comes to the question of how much public staff should plan for the metropolis of Berlin in the long term, is largely in the dark. The development of the population, according to Finance Senator Kollatz-Ahnen, "reminds one of the places in the crystal ball". Therefore, personnel planning requires a "high degree of flexibility and creative solutions". The orientation strictly according to numbers, data and facts is hardly possible. When it comes to the question of how many IT specialists the Berlin administration needs, the Senate is already without any fact. "It can be assumed that well over 2000 employees are involved in tasks in this area," says an internal paper. There is no verifiable data.


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