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Looking for a Job? Go to Germany

Updated on May 9, 2013

If you are looking for employment, willing to go to Europe, then your best place to find work is Germany. It is the land of opportunity for many job seekers, especially those in the European continent.

The unemployment rate in Germany is only 5.4% and when compared to other countries, such as Spain and Greece at 27%, Germany seems to be the place to go and millions do migrate there to find it. So far, 700,000 of them from Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain.

Most of those going there seem to find work because new arrivals must work at least a year before they are eligible for any state benefits. But for most, unlike other countries, they must learn the language, which is difficult to master in short order. Not knowing the language is a real hurdle even if you are qualified. Many of the job applicants are well skilled and educated but Germany has strict labor laws

As expected, about 35,000 Greeks have fled to Germany in search of work as immigration to Germany is at a 17 year high. The German culture can be a shock to cultures from the warmer and southern climates. Even Americans going there to live are often shocked. In many ways, it looks the same but there are many small and big differences to acclimate to.

The good thing about a person from the UK or America seeking work in Germany is that, for the most part, you can get by with not knowing much German. Nearly all large businesses use English, most younger adults or teens, can speak some English since it is taught in schools- at least, enough to get by. But, eventually, everyone will need to learn the difficult language.

Some businesses prefer to hire Germans and even applying for a job must be done in German usually, unless it is through an international type business. Within the Social Security System of Germany, your health insurance, home care, unemployment insurance and other insurances exist. You will pay part and your employer will pay part, around 50% each. The premiums come out to about 22% of your gross salary. So, be sure you calculate this into your net pay. Another thing is that there is no "employment at will" as in the USA, where either side can terminate for any reason. In Germany, there is an actual contract.


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