Finding a job in Germany

Germany is the largest economy in the Eurozone and as a nation has a strong work ethic, though there are significant differences in the strength of the labour market according to region and industry.

Germany is able to offer expat employees excellent working conditions but many occupations are regulated and require specific formal qualifications. If you have qualifications from your native country bear in mind the fact that it will probably need to be certified by a German authority.

As many Germans speak fluent English native speakers are not in high demand, but being able to speak German is a real bonus.

Germany also has an apprenticeship system whereby younger workers must successfully complete a 2-3 year training programme which involves first-hand experience.

As long as they have a valid form of ID and passport EU citizens don’t need a work permit to be employed in Germany. EU citizens also benefit from having equal working rights to the German population in the majority of instances.

Non-EU citizens will have to apply for a work permit but the type of permit required varies according to the residence permit/qualification level held so some advance research will be necessary.