The real estate boom brought the German construction industry to flourish again at the beginning of the year. The companies experienced the strongest January ever recorded for new orders. How the Corona crisis will affect the industry is still open. But it could alleviate the shortage of skilled workers.

Incoming orders rose in January adjusted for the effect of calendar days and price changes by 6.3 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the Federal Statistical Office. At around 6.4 billion euros, the construction industry achieved the best new business ever recorded in a January at the beginning of the year. In that month, incoming orders rose by 9.1 percent compared to January 2019.

Infrastructure programs and mild weather increase demand

The construction industry has benefited for years from strong residential construction and higher investments by companies and the public sector in infrastructure. In addition, the mild weather allowed a lot of work to be done in winter. The main construction trade includes the construction of buildings (structural engineering) as well as roads, railways and lines (civil engineering). The Wiesbaden statisticians examine businesses with at least 20 employees for their calculations.

The construction industry recently announced during the Corona crisis that it was doing everything it could to continue working on the construction sites under strict hygiene measures. According to the industry association ZDB, some large companies lacked foreign specialists due to the pandemic.

IG Bau: Mini-jobbers should also receive short-time work benefits

Meanwhile, IG Bau demanded that the federal government also grant mini-jobbers access to short-time work benefits in the Corona crisis.

The union is primarily focusing on around 200,000 marginal part-time workers in building cleaning. At the same time, IG Bau is demanding that the short-time working allowance be increased to 90 percent. The rate is currently 60 percent or 67 percent for parents. The IG Bau hopes that employers should also ensure greater aid through more generous payments.