Jobs in Germany for Indians- Salaries, EU Blue Card, Work Visa

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    Bhavya Rawal

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    Hunting jobs in Germany is a challenging process for international students, especially if you solely speak English. However, for students who have completed their education in Germany and are well versed with the language, the chances of landing a high paying job in Germany are high. 

    As the largest economy in Europe and fifth in the world, Germany can offer international students with specialist skills plenty of work opportunities after graduation. In case you are planning to work in Germany, you should start working on it as soon as you are a student at German Universities.

    Students from outside EU/EEA countries must apply for an extended residence permit to work in Germany. You can extend your residence permit to find jobs in Germany by 18 months to apply for the same you will need:

    • Passport
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of finances
    • Proof of completion of studies from the respective college/university.
      • Recognition of the educational qualifications in Germany
    • German language proficiency of B1 level as per CEFR is preferred

    Job Market in Germany

    The country boasts of having one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. As of May 2020, the unemployment rate for Germany was recorded at 3.9%. Some of the largest employers in Germany include Volkswagen, Daimler, Allianz, BMW, Siemens, Bosch, and Deutsche Telekom. Let us look at the salary packages offered by these firms:

    Company Salaries (Euro/year)
    BMW 83,000
    Bosch 70,000
    Volkswagen 55,000
    Allianz 75,000
    Siemens 81,000
    Deutsche Telekom 97,000

    Alongside the huge names of the industry, around 90% of the business in Germany is SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises). These account for two-thirds of all the jobs in the country. 

    Though the influx of international students has been highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the job market in Germany still welcomes skilled foreign workers with language proficiency to be employed at the highest of levels. 

    Vacancies of Jobs in Germany

    Low unemployment rates are suggestive of the lack of skill shortages in the labor market of Germany. However, sectors like healthcare and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Management) have their fair share of a shortage of skilled workers. 

    As per the statistics of July 2020, Germany had over 573,000 vacancies including skilled professions and casual work ranging from hospitality to English teaching. The wage growth during the same period is recorded at around 0.40%. 

    Salaries in Jobs in Germany

    The base salaries are set each year. Germany is currently fifth among EU countries with a minimum wage of 9.35 Euros/hour. The average monthly salary is around 4,021 Euros. This varies from sector to sector and level of hierarchy at which you are placed in the industry. 

    • In case your employer pays you less than the minimum standard wage set, heavy penalties are charged on them by the German government. 
    • On average, since 2018, minimum salaries in Germany have increased by 1.5%. 

    Top Paying Industries in Germany by Average Salaries

    Industry Salary (Euro)
    Banking and Finance 83,371
    Insurance 82,554
    Consulting 75,956
    Telecom 72,626
    IT 72,582
    Transport 72,020
    Medicine  71,169
    Utilities 71,747
    Engineering 71,134
    Legal 65,907

    Working in Germany after studying in Germany

    If you have a German university degree, it will be much easier for you to obtain a residence permit with the right to engage in the German employment market.

    After finishing your studies in Germany, you can apply for a residence permit which will be valid for up to 18 months for the purpose of finding a job. In order to be eligible, you have to produce proof that you can cover your living costs and you are sincere about seeking employment corresponding to your level of academic qualification.

    While seeking a permanent position, you are permitted to work part-time for as many hours per week as you want. If you are successful in finding a job within the stipulated time, you can continue to stay in Germany.

    Top Paying Universities in Germany

    University Range of Salary Package(Euros/year)
    Bonn University  52,000 to 112,000
    Darmstadt University 47,000 to 111,000
    Dresden University of Technology 53,000 to 182,000
    Frankfurt School of Finance and Management 85,000 to 200,000
    Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences 53,000 to 189,000
    Free University 55,000 to 106,000
    Freiburg University 75,000 to 132,000
    TU Berlin 35,000 to 177,000
    TU Munich 70,000 to 145,000
    Heidelberg University 71,000 to 140,000
    Humboldt University of Berlin 55,000 to 89,000
    Hamburg University 76,000 to 240,00
    LMU 77,000 to 152,000
    Stuttgart University 76,000 to 168,000

    Salary Statistics in Germany

    Your pay scale or salary may also vary depending on multiple factors. Some of these are listed below:

    • City of Employment: Berlin, Hamburg, Munchen, and Frankfurt are top cities as per the average salaries offered. 
    • The Sector of Employment: Highest paying sectors in Germany are medical, IT, legal, and sales and marketing. 
    • Government or Private Employment: Average salaries in the private sector in Germany are around 5% higher than the government or public sector. 

    Salaries across Popular Job Roles in Germany

    Job Roles Salary
    Accounting Manager 68,000
    Financial Analyst 56,300
    Graphic Designer 28,000
    Aerospace Engineering 54,500
    Architect 53,600
    Business Analyst 52,600
    Project Manager 55,500
    Civil Engineer 40,000
    Mechanical Engineer 41,800
    IT Manager 76,100

    Careers in research in Germany

    Working in the research department of a company or as a research project member for a university, there are hundreds of research career opportunities in Germany. There are three ways in which you can make your career in research in Germany:

    • Visiting professor in a university
    • Permanent teaching posts with German universities
    • Applying for R&D of various companies

    The highest demand is in the engineering and IT sectors of the German labor market. 

    International students can also explore the research and partnership research projects that are organized at the level in Germany. 

    How to Find Jobs in Germany?

    You can search for jobs in Germany through various portals like Expatica jobs, EURES, Federal Employment Agency, International Placement Service, Monster, Jobstairs, Jobooh, Kimeta, kununu, etc. Some of the job portals for English-speaking jobs in Germany are Craiglist, English Jobs, The Local, and Toplanguage Jobs. 

    You can find recruitment agencies through German yellow pages. Look for agencies that are members of the Federal Employer’s Association of Personnel Service Providers. 

    Steps to Getting a Job in Germany

    • Getting your qualifications recognized: If you have graduated from a different country, getting your qualifications recognized and you can work in Germany. 
    • Writing applications to companies: This basically means that you have to develop an outstanding resume and cover letter. Cover letters should not be general and should be ideally written in accordance with the job and company you are applying for. Companies in Germany will not only focus on your merit and educational background but also focus on your cover letter before offering you a job role.
    • Obtain health insurance: Having health insurance or your medical expenses covered is mandatory when looking for jobs in Germany. Your health insurance should apply from the very first day of your stay. 
    • German language proficiency: Having German language skills is always an added advantage. The number of opportunities open for individuals who are proficient in the German language is higher than those who are looking for jobs available to English language speakers.

    Checklists for finding and getting jobs in Germany

    EU Blue Card

    Offered to non-EU citizens, EU Blue Card allows highly qualified candidates to live and work in Germany. 

    Eligibility: Recognized university degree and an employment contract with a gross annual income of around 55,200 Euros. If you are employed in the IT, natural science, mathematics, human medicine, or engineering sector, your gross annual salary should be around 43,056 Euros a year. 


    • Allows you to stay in Germany for 3 additional months on your job contract.
    • It is limited to 4-years of stay
    • Holding an EU blue card for 33 months makes you eligible for a settlement permit for Germany.

    Still unclear about how to find yourself a job in Germany after graduation, let us have a quick review with the given video:

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