The Perks of Working in Germany


Perks of working in Germany

Germany is a fascinating country, it has the largest population in the EU. Germany shares borders with nine other countries – Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.” With over 1,500 different beers in Germany, beer is considered a food! Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft is the longest word to be published. It is 79 letters long. College is free for everyone, even non-Germans!

Germany labor and employment law is biased in favor of employees and is referred to as the “employee protection law”. In Germany there is no such thing as an “at will employee”. By law employees must have written employment contracts that lay out all key aspects of the employment relationship. 

Most contracts are unlimited in time. It is possible to have a limited term which is only allowed with there is an objective reason for the limitation (e.g., substitution in case of illness, or project work)

All weekdays excluding Sundays and public holidays are considered working days. But German employees normally work from Monday- Friday (five-day week). The average working time is between 35-40 hours and generally may not exceed 8 hours. Working on Sundays and public holidays is generally prohibited.

German employment and labor law grants a statutory claim for 20 vacation days per calendar year who work a normal 5-day week. It is more typical for an employee to receive between 25-30 days of vacation per year depending on seniority and type of business.

The mandatory Social Security System consists of health insurance, home care and nursing insurance, pension insurance and unemployment insurance. It is mandatory that all employers are insured in this program, and the premiums are paid equally by the employer and employee.

German law requires full salary payments for a period of 6 weeks in case of sickness of an employee, and under certain circumstances the employer must continue payments for up to 12 weeks. Female employees are entitled to full paid maternity leave starting no later than 6 weeks before the expected due date, and ending 8 weeks after childbirth. Payments to the employee are made partly by the statutory health insurance provider, and partly by the employer. During the pregnancy and continuing for 4 months after childbirth, employers are not permitted to terminate the employment relationship.

Both male and female employees are entitled to a maximum of 3 years parental leave per child. The employer is not required to make payments to the employee during this time, but they may not terminate the employee.

These are only some of the many perks of working in Germany. If you would like more information on living and working in Germany, and need assistance with immigration, managerial, or payroll services contact us today at We will reach out to you within 24 hours to get your journey started!