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9 reasons why tech professionals want to work in Germany
Germany’s Digital Strategy 2025 predicts that Germany’s GDP could rise by an additional €82 billion if the country is to develop and use digital technologies to their full advantage over the next eight years. As a result of the country’s ambitious digital plans, there are currently 400,000 open vacancies for IT positions creating a surge in demand for skilled technology professionals from around the globe. Fortunately, it seems that tech professionals around the world view Germany as a desirable place to work.
In our recent international Voice of the Workforce survey, which asked more than 1,600 technology professionals from around the world questions about their job, sector and career aspirations, we found that 54% of technology professionals would like to move abroad at some point in their career. The highest proportion (38%) want to move to Europe and within Europe, Germany is the second most desirable location after the UK.
For anyone who might be interested in working in this culture-rich European country but are unsure whether to make the move, we’ve pulled together a list of nine reasons to work in Germany.
1. Good work/life balance
On average, Germans work 35 hours per week, 20% less than the UK where full time workers typically complete 44 hours. Every full-time worker is entitled to 20 days holiday plus 9 public holiday days, ensuring that they are fully well rested and enjoy a decent amount of leisure time.
2. Help for new parents
In addition to valuing personal contribution to organisations, the German government also values the work of new parents. Every employee is entitled to parental leave until a child turns three with the guarantee that their position will remain open to them when they choose to go back to work. Both parents can share 14 months of paid leave, with a salary of roughly two thirds of their previous income offered by the state. It’s not unsurprising then that Germany was ranked seventh in The Independent’s global list of best countries to raise a child in.
3. Reasonable housing costs
Although above average when comparing globally, rent in large German cities is fairly reasonably priced when compared with other major cities in European countries like London or Paris. The Berlin rent cap that prohibits raising rent prices by more than 10% of the area average is just one way the government controls how much landlords can charge. Homes in commutable locations that are in or close to the countryside are even more reasonable to buy at an average of 2230 Euros per square metre, which is roughly £800 less than the average price in the UK.
4. Simple to obtain a work permit
Anyone working outside the European Union can apply for a Blue Card to work in Germany, where VISA applications are comparatively easier than those for the UK. Blue cards last for a maximum of four years but are easily extended through sponsorship from your employer.
5. Celebrations and festivals
It’s certainly not all work and no play in Germany. Your average Deutscher enjoys a good celebration and the odd stein of beer. Festivals are a staple of most German towns and cities, with large celebrations such as Oktoberfest in Munich and wine festivals in the south of the country taking place throughout the year.
6. Take in the classical culture
German culture has a long history in the arts, particularly in the field of classical music. Composers like Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Brahms started their musical careers in Germany. The cultural history also includes literary great such as Goethe and Herman Hesse. There are also a multitude of museums like the Pergamon in Berlin, the Deutsches in Munich and the Wallraf-Richartz in Cologne that pay homage to the cultural history of the country.
7. Cheap and effective transport
Although an individual pays more tax in Germany (47.5%) than they do in the UK or Spain (45%), the benefits seen in public services like transport are outstanding. Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich have been noted as having some of the best transport systems in the world. And with minimal disruptions and such reasonably priced tickets (1.70 Euros for a short journey on the U-Bahn) it’s no wonder.
Sport is also another major aspect of German life. The German fussball league Bundesliga is one of the most famous and successful in Europe and a number of internationally-renowned football clubs like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke hail from the country. Germany also has a history of success in motorsport, with household names like Schumacher and Vettel once dominating Formula 1. Due to the well-rounded climate, people living in Germany can enjoy winter sports like skiing and outdoor ice hockey as well as sports reserved for milder seasons such as tennis, cycling and the German favourite, handball.
9. Charitable and environmentally aware communities
People in Germany are generally friendly, open-minded and liberal and within Germany, there is a real push towards living a much greener and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Germany produces over 50% of its electricity from solar sources, which comes from roof top panels not large solar farms.
Recycling is a major part of German life, where just under half of all municipal waste is recycled. The government has created a progressive method of recycling that enables citizens to separate their waste easily and effectively by using brightly coloured bins.
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