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Live & Work in Germany: Our Guide

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Germany is a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, the second largest exporter and third largest importer of goods. Has a high standard of living, known for its rich cultural history and is recognised as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. 


Looking for jobs here? Then look no further, Job Coconut is the job site for you, as we currently have over 80 jobs in Germany with many great agencies and companies.

Want to learn more on our jobs in Germany? Just read on through and you’ll be there in a jiffy.


Getting in??

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have free access into Germany. You don’t need a visa or residence permit, all you need is a valid passport or even an identity card.

If you’re from outside the EU, you MUST apply for a visa in your home country and have it accepted, BEFORE you leave for Germany.

Note: If you apply for a short term visa and are accepted, you actually cannot change it to a permanent residency visa.


Employment & Benefits:

Work Hours:

Maximum Working Hours:

  • 8 hours a day
  • 6 days a week

-          When you work 6 – 9 hours a day you are entitled to a rest break of 30 minutes.  When working more than 9 hours the rest break increases to 45 minutes.

Note: You cannot work more than 6 hours without a rest break.



Work 6 days a week – Entitled to 24 days holidays.

Work less than 6 days a week – Holiday days are deducted.

Note: This can vary depending on your employer, the afore mentioned number is the minimum days that must be provided by your employer.


 Sick Leave:

If you are unable to work, you will be entitled to time off. You are usually given 3 days off, before you MUST provide your employer with evidence i.e. medical certificate stating that you are ill and cannot work & how long you are to be absent for.


Maternity/Paternity Leave:

You are entitled to 14 weeks paid maternity leave, which is divided into:

  • 6 weeks before the birth
  • 8 weeks after the birth.

Note: This is extended to 12 weeks for multiple and/or premature births

Paternity leave:

There is no statutory paternity leave, but male employees can claim parental leave.


Public Transport:

Germany is well known for its outstanding public transport, in fact it is said that this service is so good, that you would have no need or want for a car in order to get around most cities.


Bus Service:

  • Nearly every town and rural areas have scheduled local bus service.
  • Tickets are purchased on the bus, from the driver.


Train/ Rail Service:

They actually have more than one railway system, and the bus service complements them.

  • There’s the Tram, Most medium and large cities have a streetcar (tram) system, and usually have a 20 -30 min wait.
  • Light rail: relatively new, and are more often seen in the big city areas, very like a subway and faster than the tram, the wait is usually 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Subway: These systems generally serve the central city and the surrounding area.  Service is quick and usually the wait is between 5- 15 minutes.
  • Suburban commuter rail (S-Bahn) very like an express rail, runs from the city areas out to the suburbs. There is usually an S-Bahn every 20 – 30 minutes.

For rail systems, you will need to purchase your ticket before you board.  Tickets are available from automated ticket machines.


Things to do, Places to see:


The countries capital, and were we have great job opportunities. Berlin is steeped in history and you could not miss the chance to visit the museum island, comprised of 5 amazing and well known museums in the same place. Soak up art and culture as you journey into the past.


If art isn’t your thing, what about sport, and were else would you go but the state of the art Allianz Arena in Munich.


In Germany, the majority of peoples spare time is spent outdoors, and were better to do this then in Altkönig, the 3 highest mountain of the Taunus range in Hesse. Get those legs working as you climb to the top.


Jobs with us:

So as we mentioned before, we currently have over 80 jobs in Germany, with great agencies and companies.

But what type of jobs do we have, we hear you ask? Well ask and you shall receive. . .

Wait no more, If Germany is the place for you, then we have the job, so click here to start your career.


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