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Tens of thousands of jobs were lost lost tens of thousands of jobs through relocation abroad through the relocation of production facilities abroad in Germany in recent years. This emerges from a recent report from the Federal Statistics Office. Therefore 188,000 jobs fell away in the Federal Republic in the past five years alone by moving abroad. The jobs were moved above all in the new EU countries, due to the lower production and labor costs as low-cost locations”apply. As the Federal Statistical Office found out that outsource 18 percent of companies with 100 or more employees parts of their economic activities between 2001 and 2006 in the foreign country or planned this at least. As a preferred countries for outsourcing, 60 percent of the 20,000 respondents indicated the twelve new EU member countries; the People’s Republic of China ranked the second with 36 percent, followed by the other EU States at 15 percent. Nevertheless, it should be noted, that the verlagernden company does not only 188,000 jobs shed, but in return also new jobs created. Around 105,000 points built up the relevant companies in Germany.

These include also such jobs where employees whose place of work abroad was transferred, took over new features. In the industry, the trend to shift was particularly strong; abroad 26 percent of companies decamped at least in part in Germany. Within the industry sector above all the high-tech sector was doing: it moved away from the Federal Republic of all 33 percent of companies in this sector. Of the knowledge-intensive services, such as software developers or consulting firms, went only about 19 percent abroad. Most of the companies evaluated the step in the foreign country as positive. They saw advantages in better positioning in the competition, the lower labor costs and better access to new markets. As a disadvantage, the company most likely accounted for the increased logistics costs.