A Guide to Working in Germany 

Germany is one of the most popular countries to work in Europe, with spectacular cities, friendly locals and a range of different positions available. There are very high salaries in Germany compared to other worldwide destinations, long holidays (around 40 days in totaly) whilst most companies also offer competative benefits and also a 35 hour working week.

If you would like to work abroad then you should definately consider Germany as your destination. Berlin is the capital of Germany and there is an international mix in most workforces due to the relaxed immigration policies, there are various positions available, both paid and unpaid. 


Where to Seek Employment

Most foreigners find work in the larger cities including:

  • Berlin
  • Cologne
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
  • Frankfurt
  • Essen
  • Stuttgart
  • Dortmund
  • Dusseldorf
  • Bremen


Popular Industries to Work in Germany

  • Au Pair
  • Education/Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Language/Multilingual
  • Management
  • Marketing/PR
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Software Development
  • Teaching
  • Translation
  • Voluntary Work


Top Tips to Getting Hired

  • Make a short list of companies and locations which appeal to you
  • Practise, learn or improve your German language skills, not knowing the local language will really hold you back in your job hunt. You could book a German language course in Germany which is highly recommended
  • Consider interning in Germany to gain experience in the German workforce
  • Put together a strong CV and application to every job you are interested in
  • Research interview tips
  • Network 


Jobs in Germany for English Speakers, Foreigners & Non-EU Citizens 

Are you interested to find job vacancies in Germany but not sure if you are eligible as you are not from a country in the EU?  We get lots of enquires from people from all around the world including countries like India and South Africa who are keen to secure employment in Germany but as you might have realised this isn't that simple. 

There are several way how you can find jobs in Germany as a non-EU citizen. Some companies offer jobs in Germany for Indian, South African and other nationalities but to get hired you will need to be eligible for a work visa or have a company offer you a position.

If you are arriving from an EU country you do not need a visa to work in Germany. There are also special agreements in place with Switzerland and EEAA countries allowing residents of these countries to also work freely. Non EU nations need to obtain a residence and work permit to qualify for employment. Working illegally in Germany is not recommended as you will likely be removed from the country.

Our best advice is to contact the recruiters listed on our website who will be able to help you secure work legally in the country.