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Working in Germany

The fifth largest economy in the world and largest in Europe, Germany has plenty of jobs to offer to the expatriate community. Hiring is especially strong in the IT, engineering and manufacturing sectors, and there is a demand for skilled workers. Job prospects are also good for English as Foreign Language teachers, but they are also expected to have working knowledge of the local language as well to be hired.

Germany is one of the few countries, where being a native English speaker does not provide an advantage. Majority of the Germans study English in school, so there are plenty of local candidates with this skill. A very large number of jobs are regulated requiring years of apprenticeship. Thus, any experience in home country in jobs like electrician, plumbing, or computer technician may not count.

The tourist industry in Germany provides numerous options for temporary work during the summer and winter seasons. Hotel work can be found in the North Sea Coast, Black Forest, Bavarian Alps and in most major cities. In winters Ski Resorts in Garmisch, Mittenwald, Oberstaufen and Reit are among the ones that have short term jobs. Many of the temporary jobs do require some German language skills.

There are many British and European camping sites operating in Germany that need workers in summers, and they usually do not require any working knowledge of German. Au Pairs jobs are also very common and do not always demand knowledge of German. Finally there is harvest work available on a short term basis. Apples are harvested in Steinkirchen, Jork and Horneburg in September, Cherries in July and August and grape picking begins in October in South Germany.


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