Job Opportunities for Foreign Workers in Munich

Munich is an economic, financial, and cultural hob that offers many different job opportunities in many very different sectors. It is the second global city after New York for the largest publishing companies and is home to many banks, finance companies, and manufacturers.  Read on below to find out how you can get a job in Munich and information on the working conditions in this large German city.  It includes invaluable information for people who want to find a job abroad.

The Employment Market in Munich

Munich is a large industrial and economic center as well as being one of the world’s most important financial cities. The city is also home to many companies specializing in sectors such as automotive (Volkswagen, Mercedes, Opel, and Audi), aeronautics and electronics. In general, Germany is now demanding that foreigners that come to work in the country should speak German and possess a high level of qualifications.

The employment market has been growing since 2006, which has allowed Germany to take advantage of the new economic developments. Career opportunities are numerous in areas such as optical, electrical, packaging, chemical, and mechanical industries.

The Labor Market and Promising Sectors in Munich

The city of Munich offers a vast range of activities for all persons seeking employment. The industrial sectors in Munich include a wide variety of companies in the fields of automotive, steel, aerospace, electronics and tourism. Munich is also an area where financial headquarters of major insurance companies and banks tend to set-up. As a result there are many types of careers available to job seekers and students. In accordance with the principle of the free movement of workers within the European Union, every national of an EU Member State has the opportunity to apply for work in Germany.

The Employment Sectors That Need Workers

Sectors that are currently recruiting are finance, trade, transport, medicine, information technology and communication. Finance workers are also highly sought after by the German investment banks. Catering, hospitality, bakery and deli are constantly changing and French workers are very popular in these areas. The lack of doctors, engineers, transportation specialists, information technology workers and those in communication (media, publishing, and advertising) raises the demand for these types of applicants in Munich and means there are many new opportunities for foreign workers.

Working Conditions in Munich

In Germany, an employment contract is agreed between the employer and the employee. On the first day of work, the contract is signed and must always include the plan of work and conditions of employment such as working hours, the duration of paid leave and any notice period.  Working hours and breaks are governed by the law on working hours, but hours can also agreed on an individual basis. The working week varies between 38 and 48 hours in Germany and the day should not exceed 8 hours with a 30 minute break after 6 hours being mandatory.  It should also be noted that working on Sundays is not mandatory.

The German social security system includes health insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance, long term care insurance, insurance for accidents at work and maternity leave. Germany sees itself as a welfare state and the protection of its citizens is a priority.

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