The statutory age limit for pension insurance is currently 66 years. On average, however, employees retire much earlier, at 64.1 years. However, Heil had already rejected a further increase in the retirement age to over 67 in the past.

The “Spiegel” also reported on a study by the Institute of German Economics, according to which the increasing shortage of labor is jeopardizing important progress projects such as digitization. Accordingly, the skills gap in digitization professions will grow to a new high by 2026. Almost 106,000 positions in this area will then not be mathematically filled – especially in training occupations such as construction electrician or mechatronics technician, as the magazine reported.