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The head of Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), its foreign intelligence service, has detailed the difficulties of recruiting new staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bruno Kahl, the president of the BND, said in a recent interview that certain pre-existing problems had continued to plague the service, but new issues had now also crept in over the last three years.
"Before Corona, we had 10,000 applicants every year. We could choose the best, but that still wasn't enough," he said, adding that "there was a deficit, and particular professions received too few new recruits — STEM jobs, cyber experts and hackers, and Arabic language interpreters."
But Kahl said that his service, which employs around 6,500 people, was now also battling new strains on recruitment, including the departure of older colleagues, demographics, and changing attitudes to work.
The wave of new problems facing the service include workers' demands for things like remote working privileges and the ability to bring their cell phones to the office, he said, seemingly reflecting generational shifts in ..
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