Work In Germany: Aviation job opportunities
Looking for a new job and want to further your career? VHR have a number of Aviation Industry engineering jobs available, working for a world-class aircraft manufacturer based in Germany. Below is key information to consider when deciding whether to work in Germany
Living In Germany
Germany is a charming country; it’s seasons all year round dress the landscape in snow covered mountain peaks and colourful spring fields.
Holding a population of 80 million, Germany consists of 10 major cities which are scattered around the country. Berlin, a historical city rich in culture and diversity, stands as the German capital embracing an international nature and consisting of 3.5 million residents.
Munich is Bavaria’s capital and is the cultural centre of Germany’s powerful economic region. Professions such as automotive and mechanical engineering, as well as information technology, flourish in this area of Germany.
Rich in art and culture, working in Germany offers the opportunity to explore a creative route, whether that be as a hobby or design/engineer career.
Although many European economies have declined over the past number of years, Germany remains a leading European country with one of the strongest economies.
Working in Germany and being part of a German workforce means you will be participating in dedicated and passionate teams and because German is spoken in over 10 countries, learning the language and working in Germany will improve your employability and harvest a skill recognisable world-wide.
As the fifth-largest economy in the world – and one that continues to grow – Germany offers an impressive amount of job opportunities for both international and national workers.
In Europe, Germany is home to the largest economy which means generally, the German job market is both highly industrialised and strong. Employability for skilled immigrant workers, especially those in the science, IT and engineering manufacturing sectors, is impressively high.
Allianz, BMW, Siemans, Adidas and Volkswagen are just a few names that employ thousands of workers across Germany; nevertheless, working in Germany can offer multiple career opportunities within small to medium-sized companies also. In Germany, work experience and university or college qualifications are paramount to securing a job.
Germany has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU which is helped secure its tight, flourishing economy; in fact, in March 2017 Germany’s unemployment rate reached a record low 5.8%.
Despite employment rates being exceedingly high, there is still a national skills shortage within professions such as qualified engineers, automotive, electrical and building and IT specialists. Therefore, there are plenty of manufacturing and engineering jobs available in Germany.
As a European Union national (EU), Germany allows citizens the right to reside in their country without a work permit. In general, all EU citizens are able to:
Reside in another EU country
Work without a work permit
Stay in the country despite unemployment
Germany is no exception to the rule, so as an EU citizen considering work in Germany, it’s important to recognise that you receive equal treatment with German nationals, including working conditions and social and tax advantages.
All information above is still valid, despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last year.
As for non-European Union nationals, should you wish to work in Germany, you must visit the Federal Foreign Office website to receive precise entry requirements.
Community & Culture
In Germany, business culture adopts and priorities a well-defined hierarchy, whereas professional status in general, is based on achievement and expertise which makes academic titles a work experience essential.
Most German nationals have a strong grasp and understanding of the English language; most can speak it fluently. However, it’ll be expected of you to have a good knowledge of German, in both spoken and written. VHR recommends learning basic German before leaving your country to work in Germany.
Business and most shops work under restricted trading hours, controlled by individual German state regulations and law. As for Sunday’s, almost all stores, shops and businesses are closed.
German healthcare system is very progressive and strong; as an employee working in Germany, 8% of your gross income will go directly towards a nonprofit insurance firm called a ‘sickness fund’; this acts as healthcare insurance and will ensure efficient, pragmatic care for every resident.
According to Passport to Trade 2.0, an online business etiquette guide by the University of Salford in Manchester, England, “Germans are most comfortable when they can organize and compartmentalize their world into controllable units. Time, therefore, is managed carefully, and calendars, schedules and agendas must be respected.” Work ethic and promise-keeping are both highly valued traits for those working in Germany.
Working In Germany
Germany, like many other European countries celebrates public holidays; however there are more public holidays in Germany than in any other.
In general, German employers will provide paid holidays of six weeks. The average working week is around 40 hours, however, similarly to most European countries, provisions for holidays, overtime and weekend pay will vary.
Net average monthly salaries are €2,225 and German income tax is progressive, ranging from 0% to 45% depending on your income.
Most likely, public transport will be your most common form of transportation while working in Germany.
It can seem intimidating, however transport such as the Ubahn (German underground train system), Autobahn (German highway system) and S-bahn (train railway) will quickly become familiar.
Ensure you make an invested effort to understand city maps and methods of transport prior to your move.
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