Germany – work and stay
Although Germany is also forced to deal with rising unemployment, the country is still looking for new employees. The labor market in Germany today is based primarily on agriculture, hotel industry, catering, home help and care of the sick. There is also a need for engineers and IT specialists. This gives a significant chance to find a job in Germany for the people with these qualifications. Command of German is also very important, because nowadays it is required by almost every employer.
How to find work in Germany?
Everybody actively looking for a job in Germany should start from the Internet. Today it is one of the most effective ways, because a lot of employers place their job offers there. Jobs are available at multiple sites, so generally you should not have any problems finding them. Another way to look for work in Germany is to use one of the numerous job agencies dealing with this matter. Quite often the German employers themselves also take an active part in international exchanges and job fairs. Such events are held both in Poland and Germany.
Conditions of work in Germany
Already in 2011 the German labour market fully open to the needs of Poles. This means that you do not need to apply for any work permit. The Poles have the same rights as German citizens, so there can be no discrimination related to fulfilling your obligations for a given post. This also applies to the amount of money you receive for your work. Every Pole in Germany may take up work for an indefinite period, on a short-term contract or for a trial period, as well as sign a contract of lending staff. The agreement does not have to be concluded in written form but please remember that it is preferable to have one. If any problems arise, the employee has the opportunity to enforce certain conditions. It is also important that the employer registers the employee in a relevant health insurance institution. This will allow you to have sick, pension and unemployment fund.
How much can we earn ?
When you start working in Germany, you should know that there is no statutory regulation, which determines the minimum wage rate. Each employee is entitled to a payment, which is comparable to the average in a given region of the country. The wages level in such cases is most often relative to the entire industry, in which you work.
Holiday and maternity leave in Germany
As in Poland, in Germany we have 24 working days of annual leave. Of course, these days do not include weekends or holidays. In some industries there is a five-day working week, so in this case Saturday is also included in the annual leave. Employees working for more than six month gain the right to annual leave. It is worth noting that if you work in Germany physically, for example in the construction industry, you have an opportunity to receive 30 days of annual leave. If you are interested in the issue of maternity leave, it is worthy to know that it lasts for 8, and in case of multiple pregnancies 12 weeks.
During this period, you are paid maternity allowance, but keep in mind that young mothers can also apply for financial assistance as well as to obtain money for a “layette” for the baby, which can be acquired from the ARGE. Allowance can be obtained for a period of twelve months and its amount cannot be lower than 300 euros. It may be even 1800 euro, it depends on the Land.
Work in Germany and your place of residence
If you want to have a permanent work in Germany, you must have a place of residence. When your stay is be longer than three months you must also fill out all the registration obligations. In Germany, you can first of all rent an apartment. Almost the entire real estate market there is based on renting. It should be noted that 1/3 of the revenue you get from work in Germany will be spent on housing and costs such as fees for electricity, water or heating. If you are looking for an apartment it is worthy to go to the Wohnungsamt, where you can get information about council flats. This type of housing is cheaper and is recommended primarily for those who are just starting work in Germany, or are focused on saving money. Housing prices are very diverse, but you should be prepared for the fact that in large cities such as Hamburg or Cologne they are really very high. If you rent a flat or house you must also pay a deposit, which is usually equal to three monthly fees for renting an apartment. This fee is called a rent and you must pay it regularly.
Health insurance while working in Germany
If you work in Germany, your rate of health insurance is 14.9% of your monthly income. In this country there is one national health fund (Gesundheitsfonds), which deducts your insurance. Subsequently, those contributions are transferred to individual health funds. Of course we can also opt for the use of private health insurance funds, but remember that in this case you will pay more. In addition, only those who earn more than 3,800 euros can to insure themselves in private health insurance funds.
Going to Germany?
Without a doubt, if we are looking for work abroad in a place like Germany, we think not only about work, but also wonder how to safely get there. Unsurprisingly, a lot of us choose to travel by their own car, but quite a lot also think about all the hardships of such a journey. If you are also wondering what means of transport will be the most appropriate, you should opt for passenger services offered by our company, Comfort Bus. You will not regret your decision, because we know what our clients expect, and provide a convenient and modern transportation by buses, which have air conditioning, heating and media system installed. With all these elements, no matter if you travel in winter, or during the hottest days, you will feel great and special, and the journey will pass in a very relaxed atmosphere. Because the company takes an individual approach to each customer and takes care of their needs, they can enjoy the highest standard of service.
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