Germany is a great place to live and work, be it short or long term. Many people are interested in visiting or moving to Germany.
Factors such as a strong economy, good wages, high living standards, social benefits, modern infrastructure, and affordable housing all play a role.
Germany has the largest economy in the European Union, which means that there are a lot of job opportunities.
However, the German way of doing business is more cautious than that of the UK or the US. Things are going slower here. Employees change their jobs less frequently than the British. This is in part due to German labor law, which discourages “job and fire” schemes like in English speaking countries.
On the flip side, it all means that when you find a job, it’s more likely to be safe.
Most of the jobs can be found in large cities and surrounding areas of West Germany. The capital of Berlin has relatively high unemployment rates and fewer jobs in eastern cities.
Salaries tend to be similar to London’s wages, but in skilled occupations, they can be higher. However, German tax rates are also higher than in the United Kingdom. Compulsory health insurance is an additional cost that you must take into account. The discounts on government pension insurance are too senior.
But you can still enjoy a higher net income than in the UK.
The cost of living also tends to be lower: eating out is often cheaper than in Britain, transport is more economical, not less, rents are even lower. This last point is one of the significant advantages of Germany: the exceptional supply of modern, quality accommodation at reasonable prices.
Another advantage of living and working in Germany is the healthcare system. The standard of healthcare is higher than in the UK. However, it does not come cheap. Health insurance in Germany is expensive.
You might be surprised to find that the German work culture is less inclined to work extended overtime than in the UK. Vacation bonuses are also more generous with vacation being around six weeks as standard.
On the other hand, Germans tend to start working very early. Even in offices, people can be in their offices as soon as 6 or 7 in the morning. But they often prefer to leave early in the afternoon.
Language is not a big deal. Most young people in Germany speak English reasonably or reasonably. However, you will need to learn at least a little German. You will find more job opportunities for you if you can demonstrate specific abilities in German. Speaking the language will also help you get the most out of the country.
Or, of course, not all are perfect in Germany. High levels of bureaucracy and rigidity, professional rigidity, high social insurance and taxes, surprising styling, and relatively weak customer service levels are just a few examples of the downsides of living in Germany.
But in general, the pros outweigh the cons, and English speakers tend to feel at home here. Overall, Germany is a great place to settle, whether you want to immigrate for a more extended period or just want to spend time living and working for a while in another EU country.