Working in Germany

Working in Germany

If you have recently moved to Germany, you’ll probably need to find a job. Even if you’ve already got one, you’re starting your own business or volunteering for an NGO, there are several things you need to know about working in Germany.

Recruitment agencies in Germany

Finding a job can sometimes be challenging if you don’t speak the language. Luckily, there are many recruitment agencies in Germany that cater specifically to expats.

International companies in Germany

Many international businesses have chosen to set up their offices in Germany, due to its strong economy, financial stability and excellent infrastructure. Although many companies offer English-speaking roles for expats, learning German can greatly improve your chances of getting hired. 

Salary, payslip & minimum wage

What’s a fair wage in Germany? How much tax will you have to pay, and how much take-home salary can you expect to receive? And what do all those words and numbers on your German payslip mean? Read everything you need to know about salaries, payslips and minimum wages in Germany.

German employment contracts

There are several different types of employment contracts in Germany, with permanent contracts being the most common. Find out about your rights and use our employment contract checklist to make sure you understand every element.

Working hours in Germany

Did you know that Germany has one of the shortest average working weeks in Europe? German workers really know how to strike a good work / life balance. Find out about working hours, part-time work and overtime in Germany.  

Losing your job

There are strict procedures employers must follow when dismissing employees. Pregnant mothers and those on parental leave are also given special protection from dismissal. Familiarise yourself with the rights you are entitled to if you lose your job in Germany, including concepts such as the termination process, notice period and severance pay. 

Taking time off in Germany

How many days paid holiday are you entitled to each year? Are you eligible for sick leave, maternity leave or parental leave? What is care leave? Find out more about holidays and time off in Germany. If sickness is preventing you from going to work, read about sickness benefits and child sickness benefits in Germany

Career coaches in Germany

Career coaches specialise in personal and career development - whether that's helping recent arrivals adapt themselves to the German job market, or directing well-established professionals on to their next big challenge. If you are seeking to add value, purpose and meaning to your career and personal life, get in touch with one of our career coaches in Germany.

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