Living and Working in Germany
Living and working in Germany offers many possibilities for expats, and not only the English-speakers. It’s hard to tell, which cities to nominate for the best places to live in Germany. Depending on your lifestyle you’ll have the opportunity to choose between metropoles like Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, which are as different as day and night. Still, these cities offer hundreds of jobs for expats. No matter where you decide to move, living in Germany as an expat is fun! You want to know why?
Living in Germany
Living Costs in Germany
If you think about moving to Germany one of the first questions you ask yourself is probably what the daily life in Germany is like. Regarding the costs, your living expenses in Germany will probably be lower than in other European countries like France. So, the living costs in Germany are definitely an argument pro this country of writers and poets. But, maybe you still keep asking yourself whether living in Germany could be boring with all the rules they have over there? We can tell you, it’s not. During summer you will enjoy the sun on plenty festivals all over the country and in winter you’ll be enchanted by the bright Christmas lights at over a thousand Christmas markets. No other nation masters the art of making hot wine as good as the Germans.
For many expats, the best thing about living in Germany is the food and, of course, the beer. Both are a big part of German culture. You’ll taste hundreds of different sausages and beer types, like the famous Radler, a beer with a splash of lemonade. The perfect combination for a BBQ in the parc. There’s no way, you can skip this in summer, as German cities are very green, and you will see people having BBQs everywhere.
Still, the thing with the rules is one of the stereotypes about Germans that is 100% true. You’ve probably already heard that you should never cross a red light, especially when children are watching. Furthermore, you’ll have to learn how to separate your trash. Germany is an environmentally friendly country, so there are special bins for everything.
Heads up! One of the most important regulations is that you must register at the “Anwohnermeldeamt” after your move to Germany. If not, you will have to pay a fine.
Daily Life in Germany
The one thing many expats have trouble to get used to is, that everything is closed on Sundays. If you always did your shopping on Sundays, this could be difficult in the beginning, but soon you will realize that it’s great to have a day where you won’t feel the pressure of having to take care of something. You’ll appreciate the opportunity to go on a walk or bike trip and just relax, that’s a promise!
Working in Germany
Why QWork in Germany
Do you keep asking yourself whether or why you should work in Germany? There are many reasons to answer this question with a loud ‘Yes!’ and to start looking for jobs. Germany has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. If you are an EU citizen, you don’t even need a work permit to work in Germany. As there’s a shortage of skilled workers, finding a job in Germany is not super difficult. There are many jobs for foreigners, especially if you are a qualified engineer, IT specialist, or health and social worker, and if you’re from the US or UK, you will easily find an English-speaking job in Berlin or elsewhere in Germany. Nevertheless, working in Germany without speaking German could make you face some difficulties. Don’t hesitate to learn the basics of the language before moving abroad.
Our advice: In addition to your registration on Next Station, you should also create a Xing profile. In terms of job search in Germany, this platform is much more common than LinkedIn.
Work Life in Germany
The average working hours in Germany are between 36 and 40 hours per week. They are regulated strictly by the law, meaning you’re daily working hours must not exceed eight hours and the weekly working time is restricted to 48 hours. To summarize this, most employees in Germany work seven or eight hours a day, with a lunch break between 30 minutes and one hour. If in your company it’s common to work longer, in general you will be compensated with a higher salary or extra holidays.
German business culture is not very different from other European countries like France or Spain. Most business, especially the bigger ones, still have a traditional hierarchy with a strong management. Of course, this will be different in young start-ups. If you schedule a meeting, there will be a strict agenda. Efficiency is very important, and discussions are held to come to a conclusion and to take a final decision. And, of course: the Germans are super punctual! Are you rather a free spirit? In this case you will have to adapt. But the good point about having a job in Germany is that your salary should be reviewed every two years.